Peruvian gastronomy is one of best in the world! Prior to visiting Peru, I knew nothing about Peruvian dishes. I had heard about Ceviche and how people online raved of its deliciousness but I couldn’t imagine how Ceviche could taste. The moment my taste buds tried Ceviche, my whole life had changed. Peru offers not only one of the best food in the world but also the tastiest. What’s fascinating is the fusion between traditional Peruvian cuisine and other cultures of Japanese, Chinese, and Sub Saharan African Influence. Once I visited Peru, I discovered that the country offered more than just Ceviche. And I’m here to share with you some of these scrumptious and unique Peruvian food. Here are the 10 Peruvian dishes you must try before leaving Peru.
Peruvian Dish # 1: Ceviche
A lot of people have heard the word “Ceviche” and many others believe that Ceviche is from Mexico. However, Ceviche is originally from Peru. For those who have never tried Ceviche, you are missing out! Big time! So, what is Ceviche? Ceviche is fresh raw fish marinated with citrus juice (usually lemons and limes), onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and many other cooked seafood. I know what you are thinking, “eew raw fish!” Sushi is raw fish too *sips tea*. Jokes aside, Ceviche is actually different from Sushi. The acidity of the citrus juice cooks the fresh fish and cleanses it without heat. It’s a unique method that dates back to the times of the Inca.
I had Ceviche for the first time in Lima, Peru. What better place to have it than the seafood city that best produces it. Lima and many cities in Peru serve Ceviche but Chez Wong is the best in the world.
Peruvian Dish # 2: Lomo Saltado
This is one of the Peruvian dishes with Chinese influences. This influence comes mainly from the stir fry method of cooking Lomo Saltado. Lomo Saltado is thin-sliced beef tenderloin, stirred with yellow Peruvian chilies, tomato, vinegar, and cilantro. This tasty meaty sauce is usually served with french fries or white rice.
Peruvian Dish # 3: Papas a la Huancaina
Papas a la Huancaina is a comfort food unique to Peru. The creamy yellow Huancaina sauce is made of fresh white cheese and Peruvian yellow chili. You can pour this yellow sauce on top of yellow boiled potatoes, boiled eggs, and olives. The Huancaina sauce can also be eaten with yucca, pasta, corn, risotto and many more.
Peruvian Dish # 4: Papas papas papas
Papas aka Potatoes are life in Peru. Potatoes have also served as lifesavers for the world. There has been a long time misconception that Potatoes come from Ireland. I don’t know why we all thought this. Is it because one type of potato is called an Irish potato? I will never know, but the name “Irish potato” could have come up because of this historical past. See video below: