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Culinary vocabulary



Agua (fria/al tiempo/caliente) : (cold/room temperature/hot ) water

Agua de hierba / infusión de hierba / té de hierba: herb tea

Batido: milkshake

Bebida: drink

Cedrón: lemon verbena

Cerveza: beer

Chopp: beer on tap

Gaseosas: carbonated soft drinks

Hielo: ice

Jugo natural: freshly squeezed juice

Leche: milk

Licuado: drink made from fruit blended with water

Manzanilla: chamomile

Té negro: black tea

Vino tinto / blanco : red / white wine


Fruit and veggies

Aceitunas: olives

Ají: hot pepper

Berenjena: eggplant

Ciruela: plum

Durazno: peach

Ensalada: salad

Fruta: fruit

Frutilla: strawberry

Lechuga: lettuce

Legumbres or verduras: vegetables

Lentejas: lentils

Maíz: corn

Manzana: apple

Naranja: orange

Palta: avocado

Pera: pear

Piña: pineapple

Sandía: watermelon

Zanahoria: carrot

Zapallo: squash


Meat, fish and eggs

Almejas, machas: clams

Atún: tuna

Bife: steak

Calamares: squid

Camarones: shrimps

Cangrejo: crab

Carne: meat

Cerdo: pork

Ceviche: cold seafood marinated in lemon juice

Chicharrones: (usually pork) rinds

Cholgas, choritos: mussels

Chuleta: chops

Churrasco: barbecued meat

Cordero: lamb

Corvina: sea bass

Huevos: eggs

Huevos revueltos: scrambled eggs

Jamón: ham

Mariscos: shellfish

Ostiones: scallops

Ostras: oysters

Pavo: turkey

Pescado: fish

Pulpo: octopus

Tocino: bacon


On the side

Arroz: rice

Avena: oats or oatmeal

Azúcar: sugar

Helado: ice cream

Mantequilla: butter

Mermelada: jam

Pan: bread

Pan tostado: toast

Papas: potatoes

Papas fritas: French fries

Pastel: cake

Pimienta: pepper

Pollo (or ave): chicken

Queso: cheese

Sal: salt

Sopa: soup



A la plancha: grilled with a bit of butter

Al vapor: steamed

Chifa: Chinese food

Comedor: cheap eatery

(la) cuenta: the bill

Fuente de soda: eatery without an alcohol license

Plato fuerte: main course

Postre: dessert


Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Chile: La Serena Restaurants Overview, The Pisco Controversy, Chumbeques, Food and drink in Chile and How to Eat a Crudo.

02 Mar 2009

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