Last weekend, I was having some time off in Santiago, and I thought that now I’ve been in Chile for six weeks, it’d be nice to have some food from home. Clearly, the only option was to get a Chinese and an Indian, which is exactly what I went to do.
Chile, not really having much experience in either Empire-building or Colonialism when compared to Britain’s efforts out in India and Hong Kong, has a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to foreign foods. If you want your American fast food chains, then Santiago is full of them (McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Subway, etc. – although not that many Starbucks interestingly enough).
Anyway, yesterday was time for Chinese for lunch, so I duly went on a explore to find a restaurant. Stumbling across one in a side street, I ventured in.
The menu wasn’t especially diverse, and the classics that everyone has in the UK (such as sweet and sour/crispy duck) were conspicuous by their absence from the menu. I went ahead and ordered some spring rolls, followed by “mixed rice”, and “Peking chicken”, which duly arrived nice and promptly.
It was nice, with a very generous helping of chicken, and at the end I was very full. Overall, it was a solid meal, but I get the impression that foreign food here is more of a novelty, rather than something serious. I guess it’s a bit like it must have been in the UK in the 70s.