From the moment a country is chosen to host a worldwide known sporting event, such as the Pan American games, it becomes a very sought out place. From their culture, their climate and their traditions to, probably the most important thing, their gastronomy. For Perú, becoming the host of the Lima 2019 XVIII Pan American Games and VI Parapan American Games means a whopping 50,000 foreigner visitors and a significant growth in their gastronomic sector.
According to trend analysis from the country, the dishes that will be sold the most by tourists and locals are traditional meals like ceviche, causa, chicken ají, roasted chicken, sauteed loin and some oriental dishes. This gives us an idea that people really like to try Peruvian food and honestly, they will give absolutely delighted.
Get to know Peruvian Food
But let’s face it, not many of us can afford or are not planning to go to Peru for the Pan American Games, although we are going to keep a close eye on the games and how our country’s athletes are doing. But just because we’re not going doesn’t mean we can’t seize this occasion to get to know better this wonderful country’s culture; and of course this includes the local cuisine. So if you want to know the most famous and delicious Peruvian food keep on reading; you’ll find not only whole meals that will water your mouth, but also the most popular snacks of that country that you’ll find irresistible.
Peruvian Lomo Saltado or Sauteed Loin
As we mentioned before, this is one of the most popular and cooked dishes in Peruvian food. Lomo Saltado is a very complete and healthy meal, it is a stir fry with strips of steak (you can use sirloin or other type of steak). The steak is marinated along with onions, tomatoes, french fries and other ingredients. You can make Lomo Saltado in many ways changing the ingredients as you like, and it is typically served with a side of white rice. This dish originated from the chifa tradition, which is the Asian stream of Peruvian food. To get the full recipe for this dish click here.
Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken
If we’re talking about Peruvian food, you must know they are experts on spicing food their own unique way, and this even goes to their street or “fast” food. Now, rotisserie chicken might be an internationally known dish and it might seem as if it wasn’t invented in Peru, but Peruvian rotisserie chicken recipe is filled with special herbs that give it the absolutely best taste. This dish includes herbs and spices with Asian and Latin american streams, such as ajino-moto, rosemary, cummin, Peru Sillao Kikko or soy sauce and aji panca paste. Peruvian rotisserie chicken is the best dish to make on a lazy weekend when you want some comfort food with an exotic twist. And for a fun fact, this chicken is such a big deal in Peruvian food that it was declared National Patrimony! To get the full recipe click here.
Peruvian food for snacking
Because in this country we can’t live without snacks, we want to show show Peruvian food also has some real treasures that will have you reaching for the bag until it’s empty. For a salty treat to kill your cravings, you can enjoy a bag of "Cancha Saladita", which are roasted and salted corn grains; they are as addictive as their packs of fried bananas. The later have a crunchy yet light texture that goes perfectly with the characteristic semi- sweet flavor of the banana mixing with a bit of salt.
For the sweet tooths out there, Peruvian food has the most delicious treats that will satisfy your candy needs. Some of the most popular desserts or treats in Peru are wafers covered in chocolate, homemade flan, panettones and a thick and sweet pieces of nougat called “turrón”.
What are you waiting for? Join the spirit of the Lima Pan American Games and start trying out some of their most famous recipes of Peruvian food, or give yourself a treat with some of their mouth-watering snacks. Find the best Peruvian cuisine items in here!