There’s been an influx of Chilean foods in markets all over the United States in recent years. It’s often imported during the offseason for fruits and vegetables or in areas where it’s cold. Food from Chile is outstanding in quality and that’s why it’s become so popular.
To learn more about it, I did a search near me in Los Angeles and found only one restaurant that served it in Canoga Park. It’s called Chilenazo.
About Chilean Foods
What many people don’t know is that Chili is surrounded by mountains, glaciers, and ocean. This creates a fertile and rich growing environment. Both its water and soil are pristine. Farmers use modern and ecologically conscious agricultural practices.
Manufacturers and growers of Chilean foods are strict about the wholesomeness of their products. The mountains, oceans, and glaciers form natural barriers to pests so pesticides are rarely used. Chile is rated number 1 in South America for food quality and safety.
Seafood from Chilean waters is also natural and sustainable. If you’ve ever enjoyed fresh Chilean Sea Bass, you know what I mean.
According to a study was done at Scotland’s Glasgow University, wine in Chili is not only outstanding but also contains some of the highest antioxidant levels in the wine industry. I was at my local wine store the other day and a member of the staff recommended several brands.
They include Santa Rita Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Oops Spicy Splendor Merlot (love the name), and Los Vascos Grande Reserve Cabernet. All were affordable.
The ambiance of the restaurant is, unfortunately, non-existent, but don’t let that fool you. The food I ate there with my partner was remarkably fresh, beautifully displayed, and thoroughly enjoyable. We started off with freshly made bread and a delightful salsa dip.
We split our meal and it’s a good thing we did because one meal was plenty for two.
As an appetizer, we tried the restaurant’s freshly made chicken and beef empanadas that were a savory-sweet mixture of meat, onions, raisins, black olives, and hard-boiled eggs. It’s a meal in itself.
Our next course was a simple Chilean Salad made with sliced onions, freshly quartered tomatoes, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, and a little sea salt. If you haven’t tried it, Chilean extra virgin olive oil is excellent.
Next was Paila Marina, and outstanding and light fish soup with mussels, clams, baby squid, fish fillet, shrimp, and crabs legs. It’s one of the best seafood soups I’ve ever had!
Dessert was cachito. This pastry dish is made with a filling of Dulce de leche, which is similar to caramel. We were over the moon!
Imported Chilean Foods
These are some of the foods that the country of Chile exports.
- Dried fruits
- Chilean Salmon
- and, of course, wine.
And, if you’re in Los Angeles, and want to try excellent Chilean food, go to Chilenazo.
7238 Canoga Ave.
Canoga Park, CA 01303
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