Peruvian Cuisine

Peruvian Cuisine | 7 Most Sought-After Dishes in Peru

Latin America takes pride not just in the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, the jaw-dropping tropical islands of the Caribbean or the lush Amazonian rainforests, but also, it boasts of the culinary excellence in one of its banner countries—Peru. Delicious Peruvian dishes are found not only in costly restaurants and hotels– they are available in almost every Peruvian home too! Without too much delay, get to know now the top 7 most sought-after dishes in Peru and discover as to why the cookery of Peru women is extremely appealing to local and foreign taste buds alike.

  • Ceviche

 

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Appraised as one of Peru’s most famous dishes, Ceviche traces its origin way back 2000 years ago during the Moche civilization that flourished in Northern Peru. In preparing the traditional Ceviche, Peru women usually made use of the fermented juice from local banana passionfruit. However, as Spanish colonizers brought so much influence in its neighboring countries and even in far-flung lands, citrus fruits began to become staples in food preparation and preservation. Along with citrus (basically lime juice in particular) which is used for marinating, Ceviche is prepared with finely-diced raw fish, well-chopped red onions, lemon juice and aji amarillo, a popular fruity pepper that is quite popular in Peruvian cookery yet very rare in other countries. Alternatives for raw fish include shrimps, scallops, and fillets among others. Since lime juice coagulates with the protein found in fish or other seafood, there is basically no need for heating processes, thus Ceviche is served cold or at room temperature. Moreover, you can actually add peeled, seeded and diced cucumber to make your Ceviche experience awesome. When traveling to Peru and wanting to taste its bannered Ceviche, you can check out the following restaurants: Jasusi, Los Delfines, Sonia’s, Chez Wong, La Mar Cebichería and many others.

 

  • Lomo Saltado (Stir Fried Beef)

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Almost equally-famous with Ceviche, Lomo Saltado is a blend of Chinese stir frying and classic Peruvian flavors. With Peru women who best comply with the adage that “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, Lomo Saltado is best prepared in Peruvian tables by marinating juicy strips of beef in soy and blending it later with fresh tomatoes, peppers, onions and fried potatoes. As this savory dish is served with white rice, you can’t be carbo-phobic while enjoying it! When traveling to Peru, get to taste the delicious servings of Lomo Saltado in the following Peruvian restaurants: Don Mateo Picanteria Cusquena, El Hornero, Restaurant Pizzeria Teo’s, Pollos Hikari, among others.

  • Rocoto Relleno (Stuffed Spicy Peppers)

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One of the world’s rarest dishes, Rocoto Relleno makes every Peruvian living abroad feel nostalgic as its main ingredient, rocoto chili, is so hard to find outside the borders of Peru. Just to warn you justly, the dish may be juicy-looking, but it’s fiery hot even during your first bite! With 30,000-100,000 Scoville heat units (SHU), rocoto chili catches everyone in an incomparable spicy surprise—it’s equally hot with gorgeous and sexy Peru women! However, that incredible burn will be neutralized by the sweet and appetizing cooked fusion of finely-ground beef, garlic, onions, raisins, herbs, olives and spices, being topped with queso fresco and baked in an egg-and-milk sauce. If you ever plan to visit Peru, don’t you ever miss the following restaurants that offer the best Rocoto Relleno there: El Rocoto, La nueva Palomino, Panchita, Deva Restaurant Típico, Chicha and many more.

 

  • Papas a la Huancaina (Potatoes in Spicy Cheese Sauce)

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If you’re seeking for a Peruvian appetizer which perfectly combines both creaminess and spice, then Papas a la Huancaina is the best one for you! This appetizer makes use of sesame cheese sauce which is both creamy and spicy. It’s made of sesame seeds and nutritional yeast, along with several Peruvian spices which make up the most appetizing sauce you’ll ever taste in your entire life. The sauce perfectly blends with boiled potatoes and eggs–the kind which will truly melt your heart out while eating. With Peru women whose hands are designed for exemplary cooking, your visit in Peru will never be laid to waste. Why don’t you travel to Peru and try its well-delighted Papas a la Huancaina? These restaurants will offer you an appetizing dish you’ll crave over and over again: Blue Alpaca Restaurant, Huancahuasi, La Huaca Restaurant and many others.

 

 

  • Anticuchos de Corazón (Grilled Heart)

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If you want to fill one’s human heart with passion on appetizing and healthy dishes, then you’ve got to resort to a beef heart! Consisting of trimmed and chunked beef hearts along with red wine vinegar and other spices, this dish would surely take your heart away within just your first bite. Anticuchos de Corazón does not only sound romantic—it is literally amorous as it contains the following aphrodisiacs: oregano, hot pepper, garlic and cumin. With Peru women who are romantic and are amazing heart-catchers, your adventure and sight-seeing in Peru will be made unforgettable. Visit Peru now and try these following restaurants that sell the best Anticuchos de Corazón: Anticuchos Bran, Anticuchos Grimanesa, La Panka, and many others.

 

  • Causa Rellena (Potato Casserole)

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With more than 3,800 types of potatoes grown in different regions of Peru, Peruvian cuisine centers itself around potato-made tangs. Causa Rellena is prepared with layered mashed potatoes being flavored with lime juice, olive oil and aji amarillo paste, along with Yellowfin tuna, avocado and parsley as its main stuffing. With Peru women who can prepare several palatable potato dishes, you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with them ‘til perpetuity! Have an adventure-filled travel in Peru and dine in these restaurants that specialize in Causa Rellena: Mi Causa, Restaurante Bar Cordano, among others.

 

 

  • Arroz con Pato (Rice With Duck)

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Again, if you are that carbo-phobic type of individual, then you should dare to add another cheat day! Arroz con Pato is undeniably delectable as it combines the strong flavors of a well-cooked female duck, cilantro leaves, turmeric, and green peas. Variation of the said dish includes a few cups of beer to give it a stronger taste. And always take note of this: DON’T FORGET to add several cups of duck stock, as well as bell pepper and green peas in cooking the long grain rice. With Arroz con Pato as one of the specialties of Peru women, you’ll surely fall in love not just with the dish but with them as well. Why don’t you visit Peru and taste this delightful Arroz con Pato in the following restaurants?: Panchita, El Rincon del Pato, Don Fernando Restaurante, Tienda del Pato, Mayta Restaurante, and a lot more.

 

Considered as one of the world’s best culinary destinations, Peru houses a countless number of mouth-watering and extremely palatable dishes (just like the featured ones in this site) that will urge you to crave and order for more. Visit Peru now, fill your appetite with both classic and postmodern Peruvian flavors and grab the chance to meet gorgeous Peru women who are incredibly appealing and attractive for your emotional taste.

 

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People & PERU Culture

FOLK ART IN PERU

Folk Art in PeruPeru boasts one of the largest varieties of arts and crafts on Earth, as can be seen from the growing network of exporters who each year exhibit the skill of Peruvian craftsmen in Europe, Asia and North America. The diversity, color, creativity and multiple functions of Peru’s folk art has made it a fundamental activity not just for Peru’s cultural identity, but also as a way of life for thousands of families and even entire communities, such as Sarhua and Quinua in Ayacucho.

Works of art, both big and small, spark admiration amongst Peruvians and foreigners alike. They are steeped in centuries of history, imbued with pre-Hispanic shapes and symbols which have merged with others brought over by the Spaniards. Peru has forged a multiple and complex identity which is paradoxically one of the reasons why Peruvian arts and crafts are tending to shift towards naif art, lending their works a touch of innocence.

The excellence of Peruvian artisans can be seen in the harmony of the geometric designs in weavings, the minute portraits of peasant farming life on the carved gourds called mates burilados, the cultural mestizaje or blend in the colorful retablo boxed scenes. There are also the finely carved Huamanga stone sculptures, the complex Baroque nature of the wooden carvings, the beauty of gold and silver relics and the many forms that pottery has shaped the clay into pottery.

These works are just some of the cultural manifestations of a people who communicate mainly through art, using a language whose fundamental aspects are abundance, fertility and confidence in the future.

TRADITIONAL DRESS IN PERU

Traditional Dress in PeruIn Peru’s rural areas, the way people dress makes an important distinction, a result of the blend of pre-Hispanic influences with the European clothing that the natives were forced to wear during the colonial era.

The traditional Inca anacu was transformed by the local Peru women into the brightly-colored and multi-layered petticoats known as polleras. Depending on the region, a black skirt is decorated with a belt which can come in a variety of colors and is decorated with flowers in the northern Piura highlands or a brightly-hued woolen lliclla in Chiclayo, further south.

In the highlands above Lima, the skirt is decorated with red and black embroidered edging, while in Junin, as in Cajamarca and Cuzco, women no longer use black skirts. Underneath their skirts, the women use layers of petticoats made from cotton which can be embroidered with gold and silver threads, featuring superbly-crafted drawings along the edge.

The Peruvian poncho dates back to the seventeenth century and apparently is a variation on the unku used by men at the time. The heavy ponchos used in Cajamarca keep out the rain and are as long as those used in Puno, where they are dyed scarlet during festivals. In Cuzco, ponchos are short and feature elaborate geometric figures against a red background.

On the coast, ponchos were used by the plantation workers, and they were spun from cotton or vicuna fiber. In the jungle, both men and women from some tribes wear the cushma, a loose tunic stitched up on both sides and embellished with dyes and geometric figures typical of the region.

Traditional dress tends to be capped off by woolen or straw hats, sometimes in various colors. But in the coldest reaches of the Andes, the highlanders tend to wear the chullo, a woolen cap fitted with earflap decorated with geometric motifs.

Regional dances require different forms of dress, depending on the area. Along the coast, exponents of the marinera dance replace cotton with silk for their embroidered skirts. In the Andes, meanwhile, the danzantes de tijeras or scissors dancers decorate their fine outfits with small mirrors and embroider an image of their guardian deity on their backs.