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Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in Eat, Peru, South America

Lets Eat: Lima, Peru

Spending almost 1 month in Peru – I fell head over heels for their incredible cuisine with its right amount of spice and citrus blends!

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Peruvian food is the next food to hit the mainstream food scene around the world.

Peruvian cuisine has 3 traditional staple foods: corn, potatos, and ajies (chilies). Peruvian ajiese (chili peppers) are not spicy but give both taste and color to dishes. As a major fishing nation, fish is abundant, and prepared with imagination. Meat varieties include alpaca, llama, ostrich, guinea pig, pork, and beef.

  • 8000 species of potato are native to the Andes region of which over 99% of all cultivated potatoes worldwide are descendants of  a subspecies of these.

So lets get to it! What are the traditional foods of Peru that you MUST try?

  • Ceviche – raw fish/seafood marinated in lime juice and chilies.
  • Aji de Gallina – boiled potatos and chicken smothered in spicy cheese sauce
  • Papa Rellena -  deep fried mashed potatoes stuffed with meat, eggs, and olives.
  • Butifarras  – sandwich of ham, onions, chili peppers, and lime
  • Carapulca  – stewed dish of pork and chicken, dried potatoes, red chilis, peanuts and cumin
  • Cuy chactado - fried guinea pig
  • Lomo Saltado - stir-fried beef
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And for Dessert?
  • Mazamorra Morada  – purple maize in jelly form
  • Arroz con Leche – Rice pudding
  • Alfajores -  soft cookies with Dulce de Leche between
  • Picarones - pumpkin doughnuts
To Drink?
  • Pisco Sour  – cocktail containing pisco (Brandy), lemon or lime juice, egg whites, simple syrup, and bitters
  • Chilcano – mixed drink made with ginger ale, pisco (Brandy), and lime juice
  • Limonada - Lemonaid
  • Inca Kola - a lemon verbena-flavored soft drink, with a sweet fruity flavor. BRIGHT Yellow in colour.

To help you enjoy the incredible assortment of Peruvian cuisine. Here is a list of restaurants in Lima, Peru:

  • Papas y Camotes – Peruvian/Mexican Food (Calle Bugos 276, San Isidro) $$
  • Las Mesitas - Home-style Peruvian cooking (Grau 341, Barranco) $$
  • El Pez Amigo – Seafood Specialty (Av. La Paz 1640, Miraflores) $$$
  • Los Vitrales de Gemma – Pasta and Seafood (Jr. Ucayali 332, El Centro) $$

$ = 0- 10 PEN  | $$ = 10-25 PEN  |  $$$ = 25-50 PEN  |  $$$$ = 50+ PEN

There are many hole-in-the-wall restaurants in every neighbourhood just off the main streets. They serve amazing set meals, Appetizer/Main/Drink, for 2-5 PEN. These give you great a great lunch option at an incredibly affordable rate.

Peruvian food will be the next cuisine to his the mainstream market – it is simply too delicious not to!

4 Comments

  1. I really don’t know anything about Peruvian food, but it sounds delicious! That spicy cheesy sauce looks absolutely divine, and I’d love to try some picarones.

    • That cheese sauce is a little piece of delicious heaven in my mouth. mmm. You two heading to Peru sometime?

  2. Peruvian food is in my top 3 of world cuisines along with Mexican and Italian – I love it!

    • It’s incredible! I miss it every day! Yeah its in my top 3 too; but with Greek and Japanese coming along side it! YUM.

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