Any time you encounter an Argentinian dish, you should probably try it. But especially if it's one of these top 10 Argentinean foods, you have to try it!
Asado is better known to the English speaking world as barbecue, and also known in South American cuisine as parrillada. It may involve many kinds of meats including pork and chicken, but most popular are churrasco (center cut sirloin), picaña (culotte), short ribs, sausage, blood sausage, and sweet breads.
Chorizo is a classic Spanish sausage that has been adopted by Argentinian cuisine and made especially popular in the form of choripán. The signature sandwich features a grilled Argentinian chorizo, usually split down the middle, served on a baguette or marraqueta roll, and topped with a sauce like chimichurri.
Perhaps Argentina's most famous pastry, the empanada is a classic common to the Spanish speaking world. Its name coming from the verb empanar, which translates as "to wrap in bread." The lightly crusty turnover may be filled with any number of filling, but typically with chicken, beef, spinach, corn, and/or cheese.
Also called matambre arrollado, this Argentinian meat dish differs from the thick cuts of grilled asado. The word matambre means "hunger killer", and arrollado means "rolled up." This rolled up hunger killer wraps a thin slice of beef around mixed vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, herbs or olives before cooking.
As its name suggests, this Argentinian favorite has Italian origins. Specifically, the Milanese practice of dipping fileted meat in egg batter, then breading and frying it. Served in sandwiches, or on its own with a side dish, milanesa usually features thin cuts of chicken or beef.
Perhaps the most versatile sauce in all of South America, chimichurri is practically synonymous with Argentinian cuisine. Usually, the uncooked herbal sauce is a fresh green color, dressing just about any entrée with a savory and spicy blend of parsley, garlic, oregano, olive oil and more.
Italian influence may also be felt in this gilled cheese dish. Don't expect any bread — this take off on provolone is seasoned with fresh herbs, then cooked on the grill so that the outside caramelizes, while the inside gets melted and gooey. It's something you have to try.
8. Media Luna
Think of a media luna as an Argentinian take on France's famous croissant. Translating as "half moon" a media luna closer resembles a crescent moon, like it's flakey cousin. This puff pastry tends to be smaller and sweeter than a croissant, typically enjoyed with breakfast.
Argentina's favorite cookie is the alfajor, which traveled to South America from Morocco via Spain. Like French macarons, the small sandwich cookies are filled with some sort jam or mousse, however, alfajores consist more of crumbly shortbread.
10. Dulce De Leche
Literally "candy of milk," the must-try Argentinian treat is a caramel-like pudding of condensed milk, slowly reduced into a sweet, sticky dessert… delicious!