Argentina - Food and Drink
Argentina is known worldwide for its culinary traditions. Home to a large meat-eating population, Argentina is famous for the quality of meat that is served and beef is a prominent ingredient in many dishes. Buenos Aires, the capital, is a very metropolitan city and as such, many Japanese, Thai and Asian fusion menus are becoming more and more popular.
Popular dishes include:
Bife de chorizo and Bife de lomo: Bife de chorizo is a rump or sirloin steak, while Bife de lomo is tenderloin or filet mignon. A chimichurri sauce is the most common accompaniment with beef dishes and it is made up of garlic, parsley, vinegar and red pepper flakes.
Empanadas: This dish is made up of savoury pastries that are filled with both meat and vegetable options. This is a favourite meal throughout the country and therefore, each part of Argentina has their own way of preparing and filling empanadas.
Asado: This dish is a popular way of cooking meats (beef, pork, lamb and goat) as well as vegetables on a barbecue.
Milanesa: Another beef dish, milanesa is breaded meat that can be served as a main course, but is also a popular sandwich filling and is often eaten as a snack.
Carbonada: This is a stew that combines potatoes, meat, pumpkin and corn that is often baked inside of a pumpkin.
Alfajores: This is a favourite Argentine dessert that resembles shortbread cookies which are served with dulce de leche (caramelised milk sauce).
Argentinian wine has become famous and well respected internationally and the country has grown to be one of the largest wine producers in the world. Argentina hosts many renowned wine regions with the majority being centred around Mendoza which is responsible for 60% of the country’s total production. In terms of beer, Quilmes is considered the national lager. A more traditional Argentine drink is mate, a tea-like drink that is made from yerba mate leaves that have been steeped in hot water and is drunk with a metal straw.
Things to know:
Argentinian people tend to dine quite late in comparison to North American culture. Many consider 21:00 to be too early for dinner. The country offers great nightlife, particularly in Buenos Aires. Tipping 15% is an acceptable tip, providing customers are satisfied with the service they receive.
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