Peru is a land of contrasts, from Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, and the Amazon rainforest to the bustling capital, Lima, and more. The rolling landscapes and picturesque terrains are a sight to behold for anyone visiting Peru. The local cuisine too, is an adventure of its kind; here are some top Peruvian meals that you should try.
Enjoying Some Peruvian Meals
The word “Ceviche” is derived from the indigenous Quenchua language word, “siwichi” meaning fish. This is Peru’s national dish, and the best versions of this marinated fish delight are in Lima. While Lima isn’t the ancestral home of Ceviche, you will find tasty street versions of the food here.
Lomi Saltado is one of the most delicious meat dishes in Peru. This dish features flame-cooked beef mixed with native Peruvian ingredients such as red onions, tomatoes, and Amarillo chilies. Its smoky flavor gives the dish its character, but its combination of Chinese and Peruvian ingredients are what make it a mouthwatering cuisine.
Causa is a classic Peruvian dish dating back over a century ago. Today, it is one of Peru’s most popular cuisines from the capital to the rural areas. The dish includes some mashed potatoes served with tuna, avocado and tomato.
If you are a seafood lover, then you should try some tiradito while in Peru. It features thinly-sliced fish accompanied with other ingredients based on the recipe. Essentially, it is a citrus fruit juice, spiced with some chili and traditional ingredients.
Tacu Tacu is Peruvian rice served with a cut of beef steak and a fried egg. In the recent past, there have been some exciting additions such as Amarillo chili, leeks, asparagus, and mango. Some gourmet chefs add Peruvian Hass avocados to meet different tourist preferences.
Aji de Galina
There is a popular saying in Peru that every grandmother makes the best Aji de Galina. Essentially, it is a chili and chicken dish, which features some shredded chicken, Amarillo chili, bread or crackers, garlic and other ingredients. It is served with potatoes and rice and is very popular in winter.
The Peru cuisine compliments its warm people and amazing landscapes. Do try any of the above cuisines while here! What is your favorite Peruvian restaurant in your hometown? Leave a comment on social media and let us know!
To learn more about the kinds of Peruvian meals that you may be able to try in the area, get in touch with Alpaca Expeditions. Alpaca Expeditions is a Peruvian travel operator with a main office in located in Cusco, Peru, and we are the top-rated tour operators of the Inca Trail.