One of the best parts about travelling the world is discovering the local cuisine in other parts of the world. The food of Peru is one of the most unique cuisines in the world, combining elements of the indigenous diet with ingredients and recipes brought to the area by immigrants from all over the globe. Peruvian food shows influences from the food of Spain, Italy, Japan, China, and Germany, among others, resulting in a rich, unique set of dishes.
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No Peru vacation is complete without trying out some of its unique foods. Some of the wonderful dishes that can be found in Peru are:
- Causa – the potato originates from the Andes region, and is a staple of the Peruvian diet. Causa is a traditional layered casserole, in which layers of shredded potatoes (mixed with lime juice, oil, and aji amarillo peppers) are stuffed with fillings that can range from tuna, trout, seafood, avocado, eggs, and corn.
- Aji de Gallina – the aji amarillo mentioned in the previous recipe is an orange-yellow chili pepper that adds a distinctive kick to many Peruvian dishes. Aji de gallina is a stew that combines said pepper with chicken, condensed milk, and de-crusted white bread.
- Choritos a la Chalaca – along with potatoes, seafood and corn are two of the key elements of Peru’s local cuisine, and choritos a la chalaca combines both. In this dish, steamed mussels are topped with onions, diced tomatoes, corn, and other vegetables. If you like ceviche and other similar seafood/vegetable dishes, this one is for you.
- Anticuchos – this dish dates back to the Spanish conquest, and is sold by high-end restaurants and street vendors alike. Anticuchos are pieces of skewered and grilled meat similar to shish kebabs, often covered in garlic sauce or cheesy salsa a la huancaína. The meat used in Anticuchos is traditionally beef heart, but it can also be made from any type of meat available.
- Picarones – No proper meal is complete without desert, and picarones are the perfect Peruvian desert. Traditionally served alongside anticuchos, picarones are a type donut made fried dough of squash and sweet potatoes, and then covered in molasses syrup.
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These are only a few of the delicious foods that are native to Peru. Travellers looking for the full culinary experience will find many more unique and tasty foods to try, including specialty dishes unique to the country’s different regions.
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