Like almost all Argentinians do during the weekend, we yesterday gathered with the family. And we will likely repeat that today ! The family spirit is something strong and serious here. Very similar to what you can experience in Italy. Probably because around 60% of Argentinians do have Italian roots.
And like every argentinian gathering with family over the weekend, we did an "asado". Which most of you will translate as BBQ. We bought "lomo" and "carre de cerdo" at a very regular supermarket in Pilar, north of Buenos Aires. Despite a very strong inflation lately ( 25% anticipated for 2010 ) especially on meat, we spent no more then 15USD to feed around 8 people.
The secret to cook meat here in Argentina is to first succeed in preparing your fire. You can count on an excellent charcoal which is not the case in many other countries i have visited. When it turns grey then you can place it below the grill, it will last another good hour. Which is more or less what you will need for the pieces of meat we've selected.
Us in Europe we tend to eat meat "bleeding" or "rosé". Here they almost exclusively prefer it well cooked. Be aware that in most of the restaurants, this is how they will serve it should you not insist to get it "Bien bien jugosa".
Well, after an hour of cooking and an excellent "espumante" from Luigi Bosca, i could enjoy the best meat i've ever had in my life. So did apparently the Argentinian family ! In other words when visiting Argentina, get invited to a local asado ! This will appear more fun, much cheaper and by far much better then in any restaurant. Vivement le week end prochain ! :-)