Nuvo Restaurant: Must try Peruvian dishes

Nuvo Restaurant: Must try Peruvian dishes

When it comes to Peruvian cuisine these are greatly influenced by the coast, jungle and mountains that surround Peru. It reflects the country’s multicultural history, it is a perfect blend of indigeneous and immigrant cuisines. Just like the diverse culture, Peruvian food is highly rated and is one of the finest cuisines in the world today

Most people visit a country to experience a new culture, visit attractions, and of course, to taste wonderful food. So when you visit Peru make sure to visit us at Nuvo restaurant and try out these wonderful dishes that will guarantee to give your taste buds an incredible time. 

Peruvian food is one of the most underrated dishes in the world. So we have come up with 13 must try Peruvian dishes that you should taste when you visit Peru. 

  1.  Ceviche

If you ever visit any traditional restaurant in Peru,chances are they’re going to have this on the menu. This is the Peruvian national dish of Peru which is super popular in the coastline area.

This is basically raw fish that has been cut up into chunks and is garnished with red onions, chopped cilantro, and  cured in either lime or lemon juice. 

It  has a perfect texture and explosion of flavors from both sour and salty making it perfectly balanced. This dish is often serve with white corn and sweet potato and onions

  1. Tiradito

This is a variation of the ceviche which is quite similar to sashimi. This is a combination of cultural dishes of Japan and Peru as the result of the 19th century colonization. 

So basically this is a raw fish that is sliced very fine and thinly in an acidic marinade. Tiradito sauces come in many flavors that have an incredible floral aroma with a spicy kick. You can even add more elements and seasonings to suit your taste.

  1. Papa a la Huancaina 

The main ingredient of this dish is potatoes. This is a thickly sliced boiled potato that has a subtle spicy velvety sauce called Huancaina that is served as a topping. This creamy and rich yellow sauce is a balance of spicy and starchy flavors with fresh cheese. In addition this dish can be eaten with a hard boiled, and black olives.

 The softness of the boiled potatoes perfectly combined Huancaina makes this an enjoyable dish that will make your visit worthwhile.

  1. Aji De Gallina

If there is one dish that no tourist in Peru should leave the country without trying it is Aji De Gallina. 

This is a super popular dish that is made with shredded chicken breast in a very rich thick sauce that is made of ground walnuts, cheese, and yellow aji pepper which gives the sauce a yellow color. This can be served with boiled potatoes or with rice depending on your preference. 

This gastronomic fusion of ingredients provides a spicy and delicious flavor that melts in your mouth. 

  1. Juane 

This is a traditional meal that is found in the jungle side of Peru where the main ingredients are chicken, boiled eggs, and seasoned rice. 

This is basically a ball of rice with chicken and olives inside, where all these ingredients are wrapped in a massive green leaf called ‘waxy bija’ which looks like banana leaves. Once they are wrapped they tie it in and they put it in a pot and steamed. It really is fascinating to open because it feels like a present. 

Juane is named after St. John the Baptist because this is traditionally eaten during the feast day of San Juan with everybody coming together to help out with the preparation of this dish.

  1. Tacacho y Cecina 

If you are hungry, this dish is something to consider because it will make your stomach full. 

This is a green plantain where you peel it and mash it down in a wooden mortar and pestle then shape into a ball. Tacacho is usually paired with cecina, a dried or cured pork. Cecina is usually pounded to minimize thickness and is marinated in toasted chili, vinegar, oregano, oil making it a very salty dish.

This sweet plantain adds up incredibly with the salted pork and is typically served for breakfast.

  1. Rocoto Relleno

This is a beautiful colorful dish that originated in the city of Arequipa. The main ingredients of rocoto peppers, peppers, ground beef, cumin powder, paprika, peanuts, and black olives.

Basically it is a pepper that is cut in half wherein fill it inside with all these different ingredients and spices. The Rocoto Relleno boasts a heat level of spice that is hotter than Jalapeno, but tastes heavenly in the mouth. This rich savoury dish you need to try will give an accurate representation of the traditional spicy taste that is very popular in Peru. Make sure to add this on the list! 

  1. Lomo saltado

The most loved dish of Peruvians is lomo saltado that consists of stir fry beef, tomatoes and blended with onions. This popular dish is influenced by the Chinese cuisine where it is salted in a wok for a short time on very high flame. 

This is basically strips of beef that are cooked in a frying pan or a wok by adding a bit of soy sauce, tomatoes, onions and some peruvian spices to taste. 

The combination of salty and savoury makes it a perfect cleanse to your palette. Our chefs in Nuvo Restaurant are trained well to perfect the technique of Lomo saltado to make the flavors remain pervasive. Dive in to taste this wonderful Lomo saltado we have for you! 

  1. Causa

Coming from its pre-hispanic roots, this is a yellow potato cake that is usually served cold and is generally an appetizer. This dish combines lemon, season and spiced mashed potatoes that are either  tuna, chicken or seafood. 

This is made up of ingredients that feature a perfect blend of meat, mashed potatoes, boiled eggs, chopped celery, black olives, and avocado. 

You will notice this dish looks like a pancake that has fillings similar to an entree. This famous dish is sure to give you an all out Perivian experience

  1.  Anticuchos  

It’s time to dig into one of the most celebrated Peruvian dishes. This street food can be found anywhere in the world. 

It is basically a cow’s heart chopped on a skewer and cooked over a fire with some spices, where the Anticuchos are marinated in vinegar and lemon juice.

If you want to try the most authentic Peruvian dish experience, make sure to try this out. It is usually consumed during Independence day ‘Fiestas Partrias’ during barbecue parties. 

  1. Tacu tacu

This is usually served during breakfast because of its main ingredients which are rice and egg. Traditionally, leftover rice and beans with onion and spicy aji amarillo are used. 

However, here in Nuvo Restaurant our chefs add asparagus, soy sauce and even sweet mango to the mix to upgrade the traditional home cooked meal in Peru. 

  1.  Cuy al Horno

This is one of the bizarre delicacies in Peru. Where they use guinea pig as the main ingredient. 

The guinea pig is usually cooked by baking it into a pit where they stuff the mea with a variety of herbs and spices where it is served whole. The Cuy al Horno is usually served with potatoes and vegetables.

If this dish makes you feel squeamish, there are other cuisines available for you. This dish is for adventure-eaters! So make sure to wash your hands before trying this out because it is pretty much impossible to eat it with a knife, so you have to use your fingers instead.

  1.  Grilled Piranha

Yes, you read that right, grilled Piranha is also one of the bizarre dishes in Peru. Piranha is famous for being the flesh-eating species in a movie that has teeth critters that can eat into human flesh. 

However, not like in the movies,piranha has long been a common food in the Peruvian jungle where they basically marinate the fish into spicy seasonings. It is best grilled in low fire to slow down the cooking process.

Piranha is not for everyone since it gives out that smell. However this is still a must try because not all countries offer traditional Piranhas as a part of their menu. Even if you don’t like the sound of it, make sure to try this at least once to have an experience where you can share it with your family and friends.

Apart from the wonders of Peru, Peruvian cuisine can be a memorable culinary adventure that has diverse and exciting flavors that should be known by the rest of the world. 

The food reflects the great cultural diversity of their country. So what are you waiting for? Visit us now at Nuvo Restaurant and try out Peruvian dishes for that ultimate Peru food adventure.

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