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Paila and Macha & Cheese Empanadas

A steaming hot bowl of paila - shellfish soup

A steaming hot bowl of paila - shellfish soup

It was a religious holiday today, a day to celebrate and worship the Saint overseeing the pescadores (fishermen) and so I decided to participate with sampling the delicious seafood Chile is so famous for.

The dish in the clay bowl in the picture above is called Paila, bought in a restaurant on the second floor of the old central market. This steaming bowl of shellfish soup cost $7 CAD (3500 pesos).

I also couldn`t resist a cheesy hot empanada, once I saw the lady preparing them fresh before our eyes.

making empanadas

making empanadas

macha and queso empanada - `before`

macha and queso empanada fixin`s

freshly fried empanada - macha y queso

freshly deep fried empanada - macha y queso

This one has `macha y queso (cheese)`- macha is a type of shellfish, like surf clam but a bit more flavorful and tender. At least these ones were, delicately panfried before being added to a mound of cheese and pinched inside a round of dough. Unfortunately, the bland white cheese became the overriding flavour.

Well, that is, until I added `pebre`. I eat everything with a spicy helping of a tomato,onion and hot chili condiment called ´pebre`. Usually when you first sit down in a restaurant they serve you a tiny bowl of this zippy dip with pieces of bread. I tend to eat pebre with everything, and I have to admit that it livened up this empanada nicely.

It still amazes me how empanadas can be so different from country to country in South America, and even within a country. The deep fried empanadas in Valparaíso have a much thinner and puffier crust you find in the north of Chile. There are baked empanadas too, made with a thick margarine based biscuit crust. But that´s a story for another day.

 

The market is in an old building and the restaurants are squished in along the outer edge, where there is natural light.
It was absolutely packed, which was strange after seeing the streets completely deserted (on religious holidays people lay low it seems).

restaurants on the second floor of the old Central Market

people dining, crammed together on the second floor of the old Central Market

rows of seafood, ready to serve

rows of seafood, ready to serve

sailing ship model behind my table in the restaurant

sailing ship model behind my table in the restaurant

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