Must have gourmet cuisines to eat in Peru

Must have gourmet cuisines to eat in Peru

Peruvian food is the melting pot of ethnic cookeries. Peruvian foods are metaphorically “meats and potatoes” in abundance and not another flash in the pan. Peruvian Foods are upping the game in the food trends is a treat for gourmands and hedonists around the world with its global and local a.k.a. glocal appeal. It combines local and global techniques of cookery. Peruvian Foods are cooking sensations all over the world. Peruvian Foods are diverse and symbolize different specialties. Peruvian Foods pack quite a nutritional punch with the versatility in cooking styles that enables chefs to get creative with the produce. Peruvian Foods have a vast multitude and a legion of connoisseurs all around the world.

The capital city of Peru is Lima touted as the “World’s Best Food City.” Peruvian cooking traditions are the mainstay in Lima. There are Michelin starred Peruvian restaurants in London, New York, Dubai and the Emirates with chefs experimenting with the Peruvian staples. Peruvian foods are the perfect assortment of inheritance and innovation. Peruvian foods are segregated well with foreign influences maintaining its individuality. Peruvian Foods are seamlessly blended across ancient and modern times.

Peruvian foods combine Pre Inca and Inca traditions. Potatoes, avocados and corn are native to the land of Peru. There are 4,000 types of potatoes and 55 unique varieties of corn in Peru. Peruvian Food is unique to the native variety of fruits namely lucma, granadilla, mangoes and bananas.

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Food in Peru has Spanish, African, American, Basque, Asian like Criollo, Chifa and Nikkei, French and British influences which immigrants brought to Peru. Peruvian Cuisines are fusion and mixed foods with flavors across the continents. Epicurean foodies are trying their hands into learning to cook Peruvian platters in the middle of the Amazon, Machu Picchu, Incan Trails, Trujillo, Chan Chan and other archaeological and world heritage sites. Peruvian folks have retained the flavors of the Ayahuasca ceremonies and the Shamans.

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Peruvian Food Tours are gaining popularity with the gastronomes who are taking a tour to the town of Pisco which is the birthplace of the liquor Pisco Sour which is the national cocktail of Peru. The classic Pisco Sour is a colorless brandy with liquor base and ingredients like eggs whites, lime juice sugar syrup and Angostura bitters.

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Inca Cola is an iconic beverage of Peru is a golden colored carbonated soft drink. It is “Ola Ola Inca Cola” famously. Chicha Morada or Peruvian Limonada is a drink for non-alcoholics with squeezed citrus juices and sweeteners.

Gourmands take a tour through San Pedro Market in Cusco to shop for all the indigenous Peruvian artisanal produce and ingredients rustling up Peruvian dishes. Steamed corn dumplings are found all over the food markets in Latin America from fine dining restaurants to street side vendors. Quechua ingredients trace their origin brought down by the aboriginals. Kinwa is a gluten free grain that comes in white, black and red hues.

Peru has 500 national dishes. Ceviche is the national dish of Peru. Ceviche bars are galore in Peru as food lovers can enrol themselves for a cooking session with renowned local chefs. The icy Humboldt current flows through the Pacific Ocean just off Peru’s coast giving the bounty of seafood produce to Peru.

Peruvian Primer
Causa is a casserole dish made with potatoes and avocados with Quechan ingredients.
Rocoto Relleno

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Lomo Saltado is the most popular meat dish that is loaded with carbs. Lomo Saltado which is a hybrid stir fry platter with sautéed red onions, peppers, tomatoes, Peruvian chillies called Aji Amarillo and marinated and sliced beef blended with in a pan with soy sauce, vinegar served with either thickly cut French Fries or rice and served with fresh cilantro. The classic Peruvian breakfast is big with dishes like Chicharrón de chancho which is fried pork served with sweet potato or yucca fritters, Caldo De Gallina which is a chicken soup, Relleno which is the black pudding or blood sausage, Humitas, Tamales and Picarones.

  • Papas a la Huancaina is potatoes in spicy cheese sauce.
  • Arroz con Pollo is a simple rice and chicken dish.
  • Mazamorra Morada is a popular dessert dish made of purple corn.
  • Aji de Gallina is a creamy chicken dish in spicy Aji Amarillo sauce.
  • Churrasco de Res is thinly sliced beef steak normally served with rice.
  • Cuy is pork meat dish.

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  1. I spent a week in Peru on a mission trip when I was in high school. It was such a beautiful place and I really enjoyed the food I had while I was there, but it was definitely not gourmet!! I did drink some Inca Kola! I think it tastes like bubblegum! I really enjoyed it but found some when I came home and found it to be too sweet lol. Funny how places can change your perception of how things taste.

  2. You wrote all kinds of interesting things and I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that Peru has 4,000 types of potatoes!

  3. Peru has always been on my bucket list of places to visit. I never realized how incredibly rich and diverse their food was though, wow. Just more reasons to start saving a lot quicker so we can make the trip.

  4. Peru is definitely on my bucket lists. and I can’t wait to discover new things and foods there. I hope this month of June. Looking forward to that.

  5. Candy Rachelle : February 27, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    I think I need to start to put this on my bucket lists. Peru looks like a wonderful place to visit. and I love to try the foods in your photos.

  6. I’ve never had Peruvian food before but it sounds like a lot of what I like, the food here looks absolutely delicious and so healthy. I’d love to try them!

  7. Wow! I am officially impressed by Peruvian food. For that alone, I would travel thousands of miles! Thanks for raising awareness. It all looks and sounds amazing.

  8. I was in Peru in December and LOVED the food there. I was glad that there were SO MANY vegetarian options.


  9. The food looks delicious. It looks clean and fresh. Oh, my goodness, a food tour. I’d be as big as a bus…lol

  10. I am amazed that Peru has 4,000 different types of potatoes. Very impressive. It was great to read all about the must have cuisines!

  11. I enjoy very much Peruvian cuisine, I love anticuchos a bit spicy, but soooo tasty! Your pictures look mouthwatering!

  12. Wow so many fab food types and now im feeling so hungry. I do love avocado, t is one of my fav foods x

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