You may have heard a lot about food in Peru recently. Peruvian food is experiencing an increase in popularity around the world. Did you know that Peru won the Best Culinary Destination in the World at the World Travel Awards? There are Peruvian restaurants that open all over the world due to the popularity of the cuisine of the Andean countries. Here together with Cusco Peru Travel, we are going to give you an idea of the 10 best foods in Peru and what you should try on your next vacation in Peru.
10 of the best Peruvian foods that you cannot miss
- Peruvian food
- Lomo Saltado
- Ají de Gallina
- Pollo a la Brasa
- Rocoto Relleno
- Caldo de Gallina
- Pisco Sour
- Where to taste all the food?
Peruvians love their food and it shows with the variety of foods made with fresh ingredients that are grown locally. Depending on the region you visit, the food will vary. In the coastal region, you will sample a variety of seafood, in the highlands hot and hearty meals are offered, and in the jungle regions, many fruit-based dishes. Peruvian food is part of the culture and is an important part of daily life that always appears in celebrations. If you are planning a trip to Peru, food is one of the most important parts of the trip. Now let’s start with the list and get ready to experience some of the best foods available.
If you are a fish lover, you have to try the Ceviche. Ceviche is one of the flagship dishes of Peru. This dish consists of raw fish marinated in lemon juice. This dish is served with onion, roasted corn, and sweet potato. Served throughout Peru, it is commonly suggested that the coast of Peru is the best place to try the dish where the seafood is freshest. If you plan to enjoy a holiday in Peru, don’t miss this dish. One of the best Peruvian food dishes.
Considered the national dish of Peru, Lomo Saltado can be found in restaurants all over the country. The dish is tender meat fried with tomato and onion served with French fries and rice. One of the best representations of traditions in Peru and a delight for the soul.
AJÍ DE GALLINA
Aji de Gallina is a dish consisting of shredded chicken cooked in a rich yellow chili sauce. It takes a while to prepare, but the result is a fabulous creamy concoction that will delight the taste buds. This Peruvian food is perfect for a winter day.
POLLO A LA BRASA
Peruvians don’t usually order food like the rest of us, but when they do, it’s usually Pollo al la Brasa. This Peruvian style roast chicken is really very tasty, marinated before cooking it on the grill you will find this chicken dish all over Peru. Something not to be missed. Among all Peruvian foods, this is a classic for Peruvians.
Rocoto Relleno is originally from the north of the country. This dish consists of a stuffed pepper stuffed with meat, cheese, and vegetables. It is usually served at parties and is very tasty, but beware that it can be a bit spicy.
If you play at trying street food, you will have to try the famous Anticuchos. These are skewers of meat or heart marinated and cooked on the grill. You will find and smell these delicacies in almost every corner of every major city in Peru.
Traditionally served on special occasions is the Peruvian Cuy. Surely you would know the Cuy as a guinea pig. Not for the faint of heart, as it is usually served with the head still on. But without a doubt, its meat is tasty, soft, and delicious. Okay, it’s not for everyone. But the Cuy can be found mainly in the mountainous and Andean regions of Peru. If you are looking for reasons to visit Peru, this dish is one of them. A traditional delicacy that is worth trying.
CALDO DE GALLINA
For a late-night meal, you will see that numerous restaurants sell Caldo de Gallina. This is a chicken broth typically made with potatoes and chicken, very hearty and warm on a cold highland night. A very tasty traditional dish to try.
Peru is not really known for its desserts, but the Andean country has some special delicacies that you must try. The first is the Picarones. Made from a mixture of pumpkin and yam, yes, you heard that right, deep-fried and served with a sweet honey sauce. Often known as the Peruvian Donut, you will find Picarones mainly in the afternoons. A dessert that is worth trying among the different Peruvian foods.
It is not really a Peruvian food in itself, but it must be mentioned. We are talking about the Pisco Sour cocktail. Made with Peruvian Pisco, lemon juice, egg whites, and lots of ice. You cannot travel to Peru without experiencing at least one Pisco Sour. Take the time and find one, enjoy your Peruvian food, and get the recipe to take home.
WHERE TO TASTE ALL THE FOOD?
Luxury Peru tours abound, it’s just a matter of researching and choosing the best one for you. Peru is one of the most diverse countries on the planet with so much to see and do. You cannot miss the city of Lima, one of the main gastronomic destinations in the world and the best place to start your culinary journey in Lima Peru. The best restaurants in Lima Peru will be waiting for you and you should not miss them for anything. Three of the city’s restaurants are on the World’s Fifty Best List and you’ll need a reservation to enjoy them. Let’s not forget the Andean City of Cusco, which is also full of wonderful restaurants for all tastes.
“PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO EAT ARE ALWAYS THE BEST PEOPLE”
If you are a food lover, you will love Peru. Here at Cusco Peru Travel, our specialty is to make your trip an exceptional experience. So why not book your Peruvian adventure today, book online, or get in touch with our operators. However, don’t forget to try some of the top ten foods in Peru.
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