Peru and the food

dishes in Peru

“First we eat, then we do everything else.” -M.F.K. Fisher

Well, actually there’s many reason why you should visit Peru, greatly desired Machu Picchu amongst many, but if you are a hopeless foodie, this one and only reason might be convincing enough: FOOD.

When you think of food while traveling and the best cuisine, countries like Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, India or Lebanon probably crossed your mind. I might disappoint you folks! Nothing compares to peruvian food…well, in my modest opinion. But the number of world-class restaurants and long waiting lists to get a table in Lima, might double prove my statement.

Honestly, I enjoyed the food there greatly. I had this crazy thought today, that it would be awesome to just fly to Lima for lunch and enjoy the best ceviche ever. It is a raw fish dish. If someone told me that I will become a ceviche lover (or any other raw fish dishes) I would probably say that he fell down from a Christmas tree and hit his head. And here you go! Never say never- a famous saying shouts. I am officially transformed.

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Właściwie jest wiele powodów, dla których warto odwiedzić Peru, wielce pożądane Machu Picchu wielu podróżników, ale jeśli jesteście beznadziejnym przypadkiem, co kocha jeść, ten jeden jedyny powód powinien was przekonać: KUCHNIA.

Kiedy myślicie o daniach podczas podróży o najlepszej kuchni, kraje takie jak Hiszpania, Francja, Włochy, Japonia, Meksyk, Indie czy Libanon prawdopodobnie przechodzą wam do głowy. Muszę was rozczarować, moi drodzy! Nic się nie równa z jedzeniem peruwiańskim…hmmm, w mojej skromnej opinii. Ale liczba światowej klasy restauracji i długie kolejki do otrzymania stolika w lokalach w Limie, być może potwierdzi moją opinię.

Szczerze mówiąc, jedzenie w Peru było wyśmienite. Przeszłam mi dziś przez głowę szalona myśl: czy nie byłoby super móc polecieć do Limy aby zjeść cebiche na obiad? To danie z surowej ryby. Jeśli ktoś powiedziałby jakiś czas temu, że zostanę miłośniczką cebiche (lub jakiegokolwiek innego dania z surowej ryby) prawdopodobnie pomyślałabym, że spadł z choinki i uderzył się w głowę. No i popatrzcie na mnie teraz! Nigdy nie mów nigdy- jak głosi słynne powiedzenie. Jestem oficjalnie przemieniona.

A guide to peruvian food- and where to eat.

The restaurants you should definitely visit in Lima:

IK

When you decide to eat in IK you may experience many emotions. The food and the interior design seems to be a kind of laboratory experiment. Not very intimate space creates somehow an intriguing atmosphere. The dishes are provocative and you are being served starters and deserts as part of the dining experience and the curiosity builds up with every dish the waiters bring.

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food Peru

food Peru

food Peru

Cebichería La Mar

This was probably my favourite place friendly, welcoming and serving great food (seems to be always crowded). And they have an amazing chocolate mousse in their menu.

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Cebichería La Mar

Restaurante Huaca Pucllana

This restaurant not only serves a really good food, but also is located next to famous ruins, at which you can look while having your meal. And the King of Spain and many other personalities dined there.

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And the one in Arequipa:

La Nueva Palomino

A typical peruvian restaurant with attractive although homey decor serving traditional dishes. The portions are really big, so surely you won´t leave hungry.  Chupe de camarones was excellent there

For real peruvian experience for foodies- these dishes should be on your list:

Cebiche

This might be the most popular peruvian dish. It is made of raw fish pieces marinated in citrus sauce called leche del tigre with an addition of sliced onion and peppers. It might also be served with choclo (corn) and sweet potatoes. The acid of the juice somehow ‘cooks’ the fish, giving it a specific texture.

Cuy

It is baked or grilled as a whole animal. I have never heard of it as a traditional peruvian dish before going to Peru and I must say, it was a novelty to me. Cuy is a guinea pig.

Chupe de camarones

This my second favourite dish from Peru after cebiche. It is a shrimp stew with an exquisite taste.

Chupe de camarones

Rocoto relleno

It is a stuffed pepper dish (with beef and hard boiled egg), then baked covered with cheese. This dish is mainly associated with Arequipa, but if you fancy it, it is available everywhere in the country.

Causa

On the photo you can see causa with a modern twist. The traditional form however, is made of two layers: potatoes and another ingredient as tuna, chicken, meat or hard-boiled egg. It served cold.

Causa

 

Aji de gallina

Chicken stew served with a creamy sauce made of yellow aji pepper, condensed milk.

Anticuchos

Those skewers of marinated meat you can find in many classy restaurants as well as

Lomo saltado

Stir fry dish of beef, onions, peppers and tomatoes with an asian influence.

Papa a la Huancaína

Boiled potatoes served with creamy aji chilli sauce a vegetarian version, if you like, of aji de gallina.

Polo a la brasa

This roast chicken dish is very popular and very tasty. It is first marinated with soy sauce, peppers and cumin, which gives to it excellent aroma and flavour. It is usually served with fried yuka, or alternatively with fries.

And drinks:

Chicha

A drink made of purple corn. The corn is boiled with pineapple, cinnamon, cloves and sugar to creative this tasty beverage.

Chicha

Pisco sour

Well, this is a treat- a typical peruvian coctail based on liquor pisco, lime or lemon juice, egg white, syrup and a bitter component. A very popular place to try pisco sour is Hotel Bolivar in Lima. It was really good I must admit, although a bit overpriced I would say.

Pisco sour

Inka Kola

Ok, this is something you just need to try – bubblegum-flavoured fizzy drink.

Inka kola

What about you guys? Are you a foodie type? Whta are your favourite dishes you’ve tried while travelling? I would love to know.

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