Ceviche and Peruvian Street Food

 

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A perfect Ceviche!

It has been a short but wonderful visit to Lima, the capital of Peru, a place I love with all my heart as it is my birth place. Every time I go to Peru I have a special mission, and that is to eat the food I miss the most. So during my stay I was happy to enjoy a favourite of many, the popular Ceviche and also the Peruvian Street Food.

Ceviche can be found in many South American countries, but the original recipe is from Peru. Ceviche is fish marinated in lemon and served with onions, if you wish you can eat it together with giant corn and sweet potatoes. Nowadays many restaurants around the world offer ceviche in their menus, but the truth is that when it comes to cook a good ceviche it is about having the right and original ingredients in order to obtain that unique Peruvian flavour. First of all it is important to get a good fish which is tricky if you try to cook Ceviche in Europe. There are many ‘Cevicherias’ in Lima, that’s how we call a restaurant specialist in ceviche and sea food. The best ceviche is prepared with a fish called lenguado (expensive Peruvian fish) or corvina, but in the UK you can use white fish like sole, and you will need fresh lemons (not the ones in bottles). In Peru the best lemons are from Piura, a city located in the North of Peru, the lemons are small but very juicy. I prefer the Ceviche without chilli but others love it with lots of chilli.

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Salchipapas, don’t be shy and eat it .

The best Peruvian restaurants were mentioned by the CNN this year, and most of them belong to big chefs like Gaston Acurio or Virgilio Martinez, because those restaurants are always on demand then it is better to book in advance. But going to a posh restaurant in Peru is optional, and something I was missing a lot was the Peruvian Street food. One night I found myself looking for what it is called ‘Salchipapas’, the name comes from the main ingredients, the words salchichas and papas (sausages and potatoes). We ordered a ‘Mixed Salchipapa’ which not only had sausages and chips but also had pieces of chorizo and chicken. The portion is big enough to share between two and there is a variety of sauces you can eat it with, like ketchup, golf sauce, mayo, olive sauce and avocado sauce. Peruvian street food is simply big, there are many meal options and places with tasty big sandwiches and I am not talking about American franchises, because Peruvian burgers are really tasty, like the ones in Bembos Burger, with combinations you have never imagined. Also people’s favourites are ‘Pollo a la Brasa’ ( chicken bbq with chips), Chinese food (called Chifa), Anticuchos which is cow’s heart bbq cooked in spices and served with roasted potatoes, it looks like a kebab. Also something sort of new in the Peruvian Street food choices is Japanese/Peruvian fusion which is by the way amazing,

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Anticuchos with chicken satay sticks, red pepper filled with beef and potatoes.

While we went for a walk to the San Miguel Shopping Mall we found a small place called Toku,this is actually a small stand selling makis and California rolls. We gave it a try and it was seriously good. Toku has something called the ‘Katsubun’, which is a furai crispy chicken served with a Ceviche sauce or ‘salsa acevichada’ and it is simply lovely!. Also, I was told about a Japanese restaurant in the Pueblo Libre district called ‘Naruto’ so we went one day to have lunch there. Naruto is a favourite for children as it is decorated entirely in anime and Japanese cartoon characters. The food is really good and it is served in big portions, they offer drinks like aloe vera and green tea. I have been surprised to find more places with Peruvian/Japanese fusion food, friends suggested me new places for Japanese and Korean Fusion food, so I already have a list of restaurants to go next time I go back to Peru.

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At Naruto, Japanese Restaurant.

My advice for all those going to Peru is to be open minded about food, as you are visiting a country rich in agriculture so you will experience new and incredible flavours, you will fall in love with the Peruvian cuisine.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. spring snow
    Nov 14, 2018 @ 23:49:34

    I have a friend in Peru and always he says “ Peru is the best place to enjoy any street food !! “ . I would love to visit there someday.
    Thank you so much for the information !!!

    Reply

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