Peruvian dishes are slowly becoming favorites around the world, with many successful chefs opening Peruvian restaurants across the globe. However, there are a couple of dishes you should definitely be delighting your tastebuds with on your way to Machu Pichu. Below are six dishes of what you to eat in Peru.
According to locals, the national dish of Peru is ceviche, and this is hotly contested with the neighboring country of Chile. Regardless, ceviche has to be one of my favorite dishes ever. Ceviche is essentially raw fish marinated in citrus juices. The fish is "cooked" by the acid in the juice, and is served with onion, ahi pepper, spices, sweet potato and choclo (a type of corn with large kernels). This is definitely a must-eat when in Peru.
Well, basically, this one is Guinea Pig. Guinea Pigs are often raised in many households in Peru, and are often part of a staple diet in parts of the country. They are also often served whole, with the head in-tact, which can be somewhat off-putting. But if you are traveling to a new country, you have to experience and taste everything it has to offer right? It has a very gamey taste to it! (Yes, I did try it!)
Peru is the home of the Incas... and potatoes, with some experts estimating over 4000 different kinds having originated in Peru. Causa is basically layers of potato, served chilled, with different kinds of meats or other foods served with it. I had the luxury of trying a la cause platter that had chicken salad, chicken, seafood and shrimps served with the potato.
4. Lomo Saltado
Lomo Saltado is one of my favorite Peruvian dishes. It blends beef, tomatoes, onions, peppers, soy sauce, and in many cases, chips (fries) served with a side of white rice. If you think this dish is reminiscent of an asian or chinese meal you've had before, you are not mistaken. In its history, Peru had an influx of Chinese immigrants, and consequently, introduced new flavors and influences into the Peruvian cuisine. Yay for that!
5. Rocoto Relleno
Rocoto Relleno is synonymous with the beautiful white city of Arequipa, definitely one of my favorite places in Peru. Rocoto Relleno is essentially a stuffed pepper, with an incredibly spicy, firey kick! These little guys are not to be messed around with if you cannot handle any spicy food. That being said, this baby is delicious. The pepper is often stuffed with seafood or beef, and is topped with cheese and then baked. The pepper is actually a Capsicum pubescens, a incredibly hot pepper. Seriously not for the faint of heart but a must on the avid spicy foodie fan (like me)!
In the Andes, alpaca has been a source of meat for thousands of years. It is a cousin of the llama, and is known around the world for its wool. In Peru however, it is also an incredible dish. Alpaca meat is actually incredibly healthy, and better for your heart than most other meats. Definitely a meal not to be missed!
More food to eat in Peru:
- Tiradito - similar to Ceviche
- Aji de Gallina - a chicken type stew dis
- Anticuchos - skewers of grilled meat
- Pollo a la Brasa - Peruvian roast chicken
- Pisco sours - alcoholic beverage
- Chica morada - beverage made from purple maize
- Chifa - Peruvian Chinese food
I love eating food from different countries, what is your favorite destination for foodie fun? Peru is definitely a foodie country, and so I certainly ate my way across Peru.