Many people in the United States have never tried Peruvian food. With this limited exposure, it can be easy to think there is nothing worth trying. This, however, would be a terrible underestimation since Peruvian flavors are uniquely delectable. If you have never considered the tantalizing foods from this South American paradise, here is a list of the most mouth watering options from Peru.
1. Tequenos con queso. In America, people are well versed with chips and dip. In Peru, this is taken to the next level with tequenos. Instead of a tortilla chip, Peruvians use cheese-filled packets, which are then fried to perfection. The most common choice for dipping is usually guacamole for the ultimate appetizer or snack.
2. Lomo saltado. One of the most popular Peruvian dishes around the world is lomo saltado. With one taste, it is invariably easy to see why. At first glance, this stir fry dish may not seem overly distinctive, but this Peruvian variation is unparalleled. The process is inspired by both Latin and Chinese cooking methods, drawing flavors from both cultures. The result is a unique blend of flavors, which perfectly season strips of beef and chopped vegetables. This mouth watering delight is then served with French fries or steamed rice.
3. Asado de alpaca. The thought of eating an alpaca may not be mouth watering for most people. These people, however, have never tried asado de alpaca. This recipe is very unique to Andean cultures, where the alpaca is raised in abundance. Alpaca meat is actually quite similar to beef in flavor, and many people actually prefer it because of its softer texture. Asado de alpaca is a roasted dish, which is served with a helping of boiled potatoes and raw onions. The roasting process can be used for other meats, but the classic Peruvian blend is sure to melt in your mouth.
4. Pachamanca. Pachamanca is an Andean method of cooking. Most modern cooking takes place in ovens or on grills. With pachamanca, however, the cooking process is more organic. In fact, the term itself denotes using the earth to cook food. Therefore, pachamanca is made by cooking food in holes in the ground. Hot stones are placed in the pits, and marinated meats are then wrapped in banana leaves and put on top to cook. Potatoes and other vegetables can also be roasted this way. The end result is soft and succulent for the ultimate South American treat.
If your mouth is watering at the thought of these Peruvian flavors, stop by La Costanera Restaurant. ThisPeruvian restaurant is renowned for its distinctive menu options and excellent location, so be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible.