Well I'm having a quiet weekend so I am finally getting around to writing about Argentine food.
I have mentioned many things on this blog already, and you will undoubtedly know a little about the subject but it always good to hear it from someone first hand.
Firstly, eating out is pretty cheap and often is the most cost effective way to do things, but like most things in Argentina, it can be time consuming. Unless you have an hour to sit down in a cafe, then your options are limited and your healthy options are well . . . non existent.
The types of dishes that can be found in restaurants are normally limited to the following categories:
Meat - Parillas / Asados
This said, you can eat pretty well in these establishments, for little cost. Restaurants often have menu del día or offers for two or three people sharing. Other traditional Argentinian fair includes dulce de leche, alfajors, croissants and other baked sweets.
In terms of 'fast food', Sandwiches (or Sandwichs as is often written) and salads, are incredibly expensive. I mean 'pret a manger' type sandwiches aimed at businesspeople. They can cost around £5 per portion, I don't get it at all.
There are many sushi joints, but it is a fairly luxury item, and can mostly be bought in sit down Japanese restaurants.
The ubiquitous Super Pancho can be purchased from any kiosk for around £1, as can low grade ham and cheese sandwiches. The mind boggles why McDonalds and Burger King are always full. Meals cost around 30 pesos (£5) when you can buy a nice fresh steak sandwich or choripan for less than 15 pesos.
So what about supermarkets? All I can say is that I will never moan about a Tesco, Sainsbury's or Asda again! It is actually cheaper here to use Chinese convenience stores and greengrocers.
Things that are cheap in Supermarkets here:
Mayonese - eaten with everything here!
Things that are expensive / inaccessible here:
English favourites (Curry Sauce, Gravy, Marmite)
Tinned goods - Tuna, Vegetables, even pulses
Microwave meals (for some reason seen as a luxury here)
Chocolate (Milka seems to be the only good brand and is v. expensive).
Fresh milk - I'm not even sure if you can get it, places here only sell UHT.
Well, I don't want this to be a big moan, we all have to change our habits sometimes. Maybe I just need educating on the Argentine ways of cooking a little.
In case anyone is interested, I have posted a couple of links to some good sources of information on Argentine recipes and cooking. Just think of me when you are chowing down on your Locro or Lomo.
Argentine Food / Argentine cuisine:
Ciao for now