Paila marina

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Paila marina
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Type Stew, soup
Course Main
Place of origin Chile
Region or state Central Chile, Zona Sur, Chile
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Seafood, shellfish, fish, shellfish stock, herbs, spices
Cookbook:Paila marina  Paila marina

Paila marina is a traditional Chilean seafood soup or light stew usually served in a paila (earthenware bowl). It usually contains a shellfish stock base cooked with different kinds of shellfish and fish.[1] These are complemented with a variety of herbs and spices such as paprika and parsley.[2]

Preparation[edit]

Onions, carrots, bell peppers and tomatoes are fried together in a pan before adding the fish and shellfish (with their shells kept on) and frying altogether until juices begin to run. Some recipes then add a further selection of shellfish, sometimes canned, with the shells removed, and extras like paprika and white wine.

Fish stock is poured over the fried ingredients and the soup is left to simmer until rich and flavorsome. Salt can be added to taste, though it is not always required, as the reduction of the liquid and the presence of the shellfish increase the saltiness of the dish. The soup can be served with a garnish of herbs, such as parsley.[3]

Paila marina is a fish soup common in Chile. A paila is an earthenware bowl.

Ingredients[edit]

Traditions[edit]

It is traditional for groups of friends or family go to the local seafood market and enjoy a paila marina, especially the morning after a party, when it is believed to aid recovery from a hangover.[4] On January 1, the historic seafood market Mercado Central de Santiago is one of the busiest places in Santiago - Chilean national newspaper La Nación reported that 28,000 people were expected to visit the market on January 1st 2010.[5] Popular belief also ascribes aphrodisiac properties to paila marina.[6]

Paila Marina in pop culture[edit]

In episode 11, "Abiquiu", of the third season of US TV series Breaking Bad, the character Gus Fring, a prominent Chilean methamphetamine distributor in the south of the United States, prepares a Paila Marina for Walter White while explaining the origin of this typical Chilean dish.

List of references[edit]

  1. ^ What is paila marina www.wisegeek.com. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  2. ^ La salvadora paila marina Renata Robbio, emol.com (website of El Mercurio newspaper), 12 February 2010. Retrieved February 2013.
  3. ^ La salvadora paila marina Renata Robbio, emol.com (website of El Mercurio newspaper), 12 February 2010. Retrieved February 2013.
  4. ^ La salvadora paila marina Renata Robbio, emol.com (website of El Mercurio newspaper), 12 February 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  5. ^ Mercado Central espera más de 28.000 mil personas el 1 de enero Jose Antonio Torres, www.lanacion.cl, 31 December 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  6. ^ Comida afrodisiaca La Cuarta, 16 November 2003. Retrieved 17 February 2013.