Just 10 years ago, people in Chile had no idea what vegetarian food was, let alone vegan. Today Santiago boasts more than 115 places dedicated to eating or buying veg food. Now that’s quick progress! You’ll even find some vegan empanadas or soy burgers on street corners that will leave their delicious taste in your memory.
This being said, meat and fish are still staples and some people to this day think that being vegan means belonging to some kind of ascetic sect. Restaurant staff might resist understanding all the changes you are trying to make when ordering. Take it with good humor and make them laugh, they will become your friends. You will need to spell out basics such as which animals are meat, because some people will think that chicken, for example, is not meat (see chile page for VEGAN WORDS page). When invited for supper, expect something insipid, prepared for you with love.
Check out our Snacks & Stores Page If buying out at stores or in open markets, beware of the bread, which often contains butter and milk, but splurge on the veggies and fruits, including some of the best avocados in the world.
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