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Peruvian Cuisine Top 10

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Peruvian cuisine is becoming a global phenomenon and there are Peruvian restaurants opening up at a rapid pace all over the world including a recent opening in Chicago, by Gaston Acurio (Peru’s most famous chef). Here is a list of some typical Peruvian dishes that you should try on your trip to Peru.

  1. Ceviche

    Probably one of the most popular and well-known Peruvian dishes, Ceviche is a combination of fresh raw fish, marinated in fresh lime and/or lemon juice, aji (Peruvian chili peppers), sliced red onions and salt. The acid from the citrus juice actually cooks the fish. It is usually accompanied by sweet potato, choclo (Peruvian corn), lettuce and avocado.

  1. Papa Rellena (Stuffed Potatoes)

    Another popular dish that consists of cooked potatoes that are then mashed with egg and made into a dough-like consistency. The potatoes are then rolled flat (approximately large hand sized pieces) and the filling is placed in the center, which is cooked mince meat, onions, olives, raisins, boiled egg pieces, garlic, cumin, aji peppers (chili peppers), salt and pepper. The mixture is then rolled into an oval shaped, so the meat is contained inside the potato and then it is deep fried and is normally served with lettuce and a mix of thinly sliced onions, tomatoes, marinated in fresh lime juice, salt and pepper.

  2. Anticuchos (Cut Stew Meat)

    A typical meal for Peruvians that can be found everywhere from fine dining restaurants to street food vendors. Any beef and sometimes chicken can be used to make Anticuchos, but the true ingredient is heart meat. The meat is marinated in vinegar, cumin, garlic and aji pepper. They are served on a skewer, similar to a shish kebab.

  3. Lomo Saltado

    Peru has a large Chinese influence in some of its cuisine, as hundreds of years ago, many Chinese immigrants came over to Peru on boats looking for work. As a result there are many Asian Fusion dishes in Peru and Lomo Saltado is one of the most popular. It consists of stir fried beef, peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes that are fried with soy sauce and fried potatoes. It is normally served with a portion of white rice.

  1. Aji de Gallina (Chili Chicken)

    This dish consists of very thin strips of chicken that are served with a delicious spicy and creamy sauce made with aji amarillo (yellow chilis), milk, bread and cheese. Walnuts are occassionally added, but mostly in good restaurants, as they are very expensive in Peru. Hens are traditionally used for this meal, but chickens are also very commonly used.

  2. Alpaca Steak

    Alpaca is an animal in Peru, which is the cousin of the more well-known llama. More known in connection to the expensive wool to most of the world, but for the people of Peru and especially those living in the Andean Mountains, this animal has been a great source of meat for hundreds of years. It is a very lean meat and the taste is similar to buffalo and other animals that feed on grass.

  1. Cuy (Guinea Pig)

    A lot of people may not be able stomach this meal, as they may have them as pets back home, but for Peruvians, Guinea Pig is a staple meat and is eaten by most families. Normally, it is baked, fried or barbecued on a spit and served whole, with the head and feet included. The taste is compared with rabbit or wild fowl.

  1. Causa

    Causa can come in different forms, but the most basic one is mashed yellow potato mixed with lime, onion, chili (aji) and oil. A filling is then sandwiched in the middle of the potato that can be chicken, avocado, tuna and other fish.

  1. Pollo a la Brasa (Roast Chicken)

    Probably one of the most popular Peruvian meals and for good reason, as this roasted chicken is simply delicious. Typically, the chicken is marinated in soy sauce with red peppers, garlic and cumin. It is served with a salad and either French Fries or yuca. There are a number of dipping sauces as well to give it that extra flavor.

  2. Rocotto Relleno (Stuffed Pepper)

    Originated in Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city, Rocoto Relleno is a spicy pepper (Capsicum) that looks like a normal red pepper, but packs a punch on the taste buds. However, the pepper is boiled in water, which reduces the fiery spice. It is then stuffed with fried ground beef, onions, garlic and boiled egg, then topped with cheese and baked in the oven.

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