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Peruvian gastronomy has become famous the world over, as chefs flock south to experiment, reinvent and redefine Peruvian and international cuisine. For first-timers heading to Peru, here are some of the most famous dishes you’ll find on traditional menus throughout the country.
The traditional national dish of Peru, some of the world’s freshest ceviche can be found in both its city and beachside restaurants. Ceviche is raw fish marinated in citrus juice. The acid of the citrus cooks the fish and the dish is usually highlighted with red onion and aji pepper.
Aji de Gallina
This is a stew made with chicken, milk, yellow peppers thickened with nuts and bread. Consider the vegetarian alternative, papa a la huancaina, a dish made with potatoes over which a spicy, creamy sauce is poured over and is eaten with hard boiled eggs and olives.
Peru’s version of stir-fry, this popular dish includes beef, tomatoes, peppers and onions mixed with soy sauce and fried potatoes. It is usually served over rice.
Causa is a traditional cold casserole that layers potatoes and avocado. It can be served with layers of tuna, meat or hard-boiled egg.
Pollo a la Brasa
A succulent Peruvian-style roast chicken, this dish is the most popular. Typically in Peru this dish is served with French fries and accompanied with Inca Kola, a yellow soft drink with a sweet, fruity flavor.
Peru’s version of the shish kebab, these grilled skewered steaks are served all over the country. They can usually be made with any type of meat but the most traditional is beef heart.
The dish of Arequipa, this spicy dish is served in a Capsicum pubescens pepper, which is infinitely hotter than a jalapeño when served raw. Cooking it, however, mellows out the flavors. It is then stuffed with spiced, sautéed ground beef and hard-boiled egg, topped with cheese and baked.
Peruvians have been eating Alpaca meat for centuries, especially in the form of jerky.
This national dish has become infamous throughout the world: its guinea pig. A staple in many households, cuy is usually baked or barbecued on a spit. If you can get past the stigma, it is actually a tasty dish and one of the most important in Peru.
The national beverage of Peru, pisco is a brandy made from distilling grape wine into a spirit. The potent liquor is popular all throughout Peru and can typically be found in the cocktail, Pisco Sour.
For those with a sweet tooth, lucuma is a mango-looking tree fruit with a sugary taste similar to maple syrup. It’s used as a flavoring in many desserts and ice cream