Barrio Chino in Buenos Aires (Chinatown in Buenos Aires)

Every time going to the Barrio Chino in Buenos Aires is an adventure. Barrio Chino in Buenos Aires is a few small blocks of stores with fairly inexpensive knick-knacks, Asian restaurants, and markets with food options not generally seen in other markets around Buenos Aires. It is a quite exciting and different place from everything else.

El Barrio Chino is a good place if you are not able to find Asian ingredients, sauces, and snacks. For example, I get these amazing mushrooms (pine mushrooms) that are much more flavorful than Pocini and way less costly. In fact, pine mushrooms (dried) from el Barrio Chino is the main reason I go there.

If you go visit, some interesting observations can be made of places selling your favorite Japanese/Chinesse foods. For example, Casa China sells all sorts of worldly goods, you can pick up a 12 peso (USD 2) sushi roll and dumplings to go.

Salmon and Avocado Rolls from el Barrio Chino

Salmon and Avocado Rolls from el Barrio Chino

Last time we were there we got salmon and avocado rolls- when I got home and sliced the pink salmon and avocado roll, I was dismayed to find that the fish was not raw but cooked, and overcooked at that!  Some of the pieces were a bit too chewy, as if the sushi chef forgot he had something on the stove while downing a few shots of sake =)  – But wrapped up with fresh avocado, toasted sesame seeds, sticky rice, and seaweed, the roll did the job (especially with extra soy sauce).

Vegetables Dumplings from el Barrio Chino

Vegetables Dumplings from el Barrio Chino

We also bought some vegetarian dumplings which the Chinese people kindly relabeled as “empanadas vegetales” sort of to making sure I would understand the concept… I thought it was hilarious.  These were bought frozen and can be either steamed or pan fried.  I chose to steam them, and was pleasantly surprised when I bit into the doughy dumpling.  Inside the fluffy white pillow was tofu, scallions, cabbage, carrots, egg, and sesame seeds slightly seasoned with Asian spices.  I dipped these in soy sauce as well, to give them some extra flavor.