It is no secret and surprise that people of Argentina are big meat eater. Nor do the Argentine people consume mass quantities of meat but also have some of the best beef in the world. This made Argentine food as unique as it is different from the rest of cuisines in the world. But epic meat eating isn’t the only thing that defines the food culture of Argentina. Because of the variety of nationalities that emigrated to Argentina, there are different food items that define Argentinian Food. So whatever your taste is, the country has something good to serve you!
Argentinian food is famous throughout the world. People of Argentina eat four meals a day. Breakfast is a light meal of bread and rolls with jam and coffee. In lunch, Argentinians eat meat and salads. In the late afternoon, people go to drink tea/coffee (espresso) and eat tea-time snacks that include picadas, a small dish containing cubes of cheese and leaves of mussels, salami, anchovies, olives and peanuts. Dinner in the evening is the largest meal of the day that ends with dessert and almost always includes beef- the national dish of Argentina. Argentinian beef is known to be of superb quality in the world and foodies from across countries visit Argentina just to try it!
Today, beef is served in many ways. Parrillada, aka asado is the most famous and favorite main course dish prepared with steak and other cuts of beef that are roasted over fresh wood charcoal. Churrasco is a grilled steak and a beef that is dipped in eggs, crumbs, and then deep-fried is called milanesa. Carbonada is a stew that contains pumpkin or potato pudding stuffed with meat.
Argentina is also famous for producing delicious dulce de leche (milk jam) which is a type of sweet caramel. It is prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk to create a substance that is sweet and sticky. Dulce de leche is served with ice-creams, used to fill cakes and pancakes and is spread over toasted bread in breakfast.
Yerba mate – an herbal and caffeine-infused drink is officially the national drink of Argentina. It is typically prepared by filling 2/3 of a gourd (also called mate) with the leaves of the yerba plant and is served with a metal straw, the bombilla, traditionally made of silver. The drink can be sweetened with sugar and flavored with aromatic herbs. Drinking yerba mate tea is often a social practice. The fitted with a metal straw is often passed around a group, each person sipping before passing.