Empanadas and api at Wist’upiku

For my typical mid-morning snack I usually go to Wist’upiku, an empanada chain, and order this:


The drink, which has quickly become one of my favourites, is made from purple corn. Api morado is thick and gloopy with fruity flavours of cinnamon and sugar – perfect for warming up on a cold day.

While other south american countries have baked empanadas, these ones are rather different. The slightly sweet, crumbly pastry makes them more similar to salteƱas (a delicious baked pastry full of stew). I especially like the charque empanada, full of dried meat, vegetables and a piece of egg.

Wist’upiku also sells cinnamon ice cream. Now that it’s getting into summer, I might have to change my order.