Hot Chewy Cheese Puffs! (Argentinian Chipa) – Pai’s Kitchen!

This recipe is courtesy of Natalia Machado, my lovely Argentinian co-host on the TV show One World Kitchen! This is the recipe for a traditional Argentinian cheese bread that Natalia serves at her restaurant as a gluten-free option for the bread basket. They’re amazingly cheesy and addictive! Think hot, chewy, cheesy mochi with a crunchy crust..that’s exactly what these are like. The chewiness comes from the tapioca starch which you can find at any Asian grocery stores. The recipe is almost exactly as Natalia gave me, with slight modifications I made to better suit a home kitchen 🙂

And if you’re not convinced that these are going to be delicious, just check out Natalia’s impressive bio: she’s a Chopped Champion, a Sweet Genius Champion, and she’s the executive chef of a fine dining Argentinian restaurant in Montreal called L’atelier D’argentine. Amazing!

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Pailin “Pai” Chongchitnant is the author of the Hot Thai Kitchen cookbook, co-host of a Canadian TV series One World Kitchen on Gusto TV, and creator and host of the YouTube channel Pailin’s Kitchen.

Pai was born and raised in southern Thailand where she spent much of her “playtime” in the kitchen. She traveled to Canada to study Nutritional Sciences at the University of British Columbia, and was later trained as a chef at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in San Francisco.

After working in both Western and Thai professional kitchens, she decided that her passion really lies in educating and empowering others to cook at home via YouTube videos, her cookbook, and cooking classes. She currently lives in Vancouver, and goes to Thailand every year to visit her family. Visit her at


  1. Martin Vilela says:

    In Bolivia they call it “Cuñape”

  2. Caino 05 says:

    One of my favourite people ever. Love her videos, I try all her recipes and
    it’s really helped me to learn how to cook and I have developed an interest
    in cooking purely from watching her videos. It’s really enjoyable to watch,
    as she has so much fun and really loves what she does, and that comes
    through on the videos. Thank you for all your wonderful videos, please
    don’t stop.

  3. Veedoesthings says:

    Great video Pai! Interested to see how it will taste like comparing to the
    Brazillian one 😍❤️❤️❤️👍🏼

  4. youreanonshareer says:

    Where do you learn these pronunciations?

  5. Minh Tâm Nguyễn says:

    Hi Paillin, thanks for your new video. can i use all-purpose flour instead
    of tapioca flour. because i think the tapioca flour will make this puff so
    so chewy and it is not soft anymore. i think it tastes like maltose not
    like mochi, right?

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