Chile is definitely a great destination for adventurous seafood eaters....last week I was in a pretty non-touristy town (Los Vilos) on the coast and I ordered a dish called paila marina. I had had this dish before, but it wasn´t so intense previously. This one was like being served the ocean in a pot. Here we go: Things I recognized in the soup included:
Clams (with shell)
One very big clam, a bit too big for me...(with shell)
crab legs (with shell)
picoroco (which is giant barnacle)
locos (which are like abalone, but aren´t exactly??)
then there were other things floating around, the broth was cloudy so each time i put my spoon in it was like fishing, ya never know what you´re gonna catch.
i found some brown, round things that were VERY chewy, and some other fishy looking things that tasted a bit too oceany for me, so around that point I decided I didn`t want too much more.....this paila marina was a bit too elaborate for me to fully enjoy, but you can get the idea....normally it`s a great chowhound experience...well, that´s all.....if you are in Chile, make sure you try paila marina....