argentinian sweets

Glutton in Argentina: Snacks and desserts

Welcome to YQtravelling’s FoodFriday. The day of the week when I show off some of the lovely eats I had while travelling.

Today, we are still in Argentina and we’re looking at tasty snacks and desserts.

[Updated on Nov 17 with Dulce de leche. Scroll down to see more!]

Last week, I brought you to Argentina for some meaty main dishes. Today, we’re treating our salty and sweet tooth to some snacks and desserts.

Empanada

First up on the list is a savory snack. Previously I had a whole post focused on empanadas. These South American version of curry puffs are much more satisfying because they are mostly filled with chunks of meat. MEAT!

Empanada in Buenos Aires
Empanada in Buenos Aires

The restaurant below my hostel sold piping hot empanadas. They make a very good lunchtime snack before my afternoon after-school activities. However, they don’t really make a full meal so I get hungry soon.

Pizza

My classmates joked that Argentinian pizza is the worst in the world. I shamefully hid the fact that I had a strange pizza the day before.

Onion pizza
Onion pizza

So the internet tells me that this type of pizza is called Fugazzeta.  There was onion on top of cheese. I only ordered a slice to go with Coca-Cola because it was the cheapest thing around.

Go budget travellers!

Churros with hot chocolate

The first time I had churros was in Barcelona. I expected them to be sweet but they turned out to taste very much like youtiao (a type of long Chinese doughnut).

While in Buenos Aires, I kept passing by a shop selling churros. My curiosity and my sweet tooth got the better of me and I visited the place on the day we were heading to Iguazu Falls to make up for my dinner.

Churros with hot chocolate
Churros with hot chocolate

The churros were a bit cold when they came but it was alright. I dipped the dough into my hot chocolate, took it out and bit the chocolatey tip.

Amazing! It was like sticking doughnut into a cup of thick hot chocolate.

Dulce de leche churros

Dulce de leche churros
Dulce de leche churros

I went back to the shop and ordered dulce de leche churros. Dulce de leche is a sweet caramel jam-like paste that Argentinians adore. My hostel has several buckets of them for us to eat with our breakfast bread.

This was the first time I ate churros with dulce de leche inside the dough. It didn’t taste any sweeter to me but it was a good afternoon snack.

Submarino

A chocolate milk drink served in winter in Argentina. You basically dunk chocolate bars into a tall glass of very hot milk. The chocolate melts and you get a glass of nice hot chocolate.

Warning: Even if you are not lactose intolerant, drinking this baby will cause slight diarrhea. Trust me, I learned it the hard way.

Argentine submarino
Argentine submarino

If you are interested in making your own hot chocolate drink at home, check out the post on making your own Argentinian submarino.

Argentine ice cream: Helados

Argentine ice cream: Helados
Argentine ice cream: Helados

I don’t usually say “no” to ice cream but it was the beginning of winter when I arrived in Buenos Aires so I decided that ice cream is out of my list of things to eat.

But an Australian classmate recommended an ice cream joint called Sumo, saying the ice cream there was really good. And then I read about how Steph from Twenty-Something Travel loved ice cream in Buenos Aires.

I’m sold.

I ended up at Sumo while walking from San Telmo’s Sunday market back to the hostel. I ordered chocolate and vanilla, which were very safe flavors.

The ice cream were alright to me. Nothing to write home about but at least I can now say that I ate ice cream in winter.

Dulce de leche

Dulce de leche in a tub
Dulce de leche in a tub
Dulce de leche in a tub in Argentina
Dulce de leche in a tub in Argentina

At first glance, dulce de leche does not look appetizing. It comes in a box and does not look very hygienic.

But after a taste, I found it to have a nice caramel flavor. It goes incredibly well with bananas and bread so I make it part of my breakfast.

Past yummy eats in Buenos Aires

More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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