Peruvian Food, A Cheatsheet

This is a brain dump of my recommendations for what to eat in Peru. I wrote it in one sitting, mostly from memory. I am currently writing a book about Peruvian food that will be self-published early 2017. Scroll down to the end to see how my book will be different. This is intended for friends who are traveling around Peru before my book would be finished.
There’s no attempt at objectivity here. These are purely personal opinions based on my own experiences and asking locals and travelers about their favorites. I’ve since become friends with many of the owners and chefs at these places (but their food and creativity drew me in the first place).

What to Eat in Peru

Peruvian Food to try (“the big five”)

With apologies to vegetarians …

One of the joys of traveling around Peru is discovering the many diverse types of ceviche.

Ceviche-forget everything you know about this dish. You must try this while in Peru (especially in Lima or along the northern coast). The seafood off the coast of Peru is incredibly diverse and delicious. Peruvian limes are different and have a stronger, distinctive flavor. Try ceviche in different forms and see the creative ways cevicherias can alter taste, texture, and presentation.

Lomo Saltado with french fries mixed in

Lomo Saltado is a fusion dish that is at the heart of Peruvian cuisine. It has clear, Chinese influence but is so much part of Peruvian Cuisine that it’s consider part of Criolla (traditional Peruvian) Cuisine. Beef stir-fried with soy sauce, tomatoes, red onions, ají amarillo (yellow pepper). Served with french fries. I personally think that vinegar is essential for a good lomo saltado.

The famous anticuchos at Anticucho Grimanesa

Anticuchos consists of cow heart marinated and grilled. Served with a special sauce. If organ meat makes you squeamish, try to put aside your fear. Heart is more like a muscle and doesn’t have the same taste that liver or other organ has.

Homemade ají de gallina

Aji de Gallina is a creamy stew of nuts, ají amarillo, and chicken. The pepper provides more flavor than heat and spiciness tends to be of a gentle, comforting type.

Pepían de Cuy in Cajamarca

Cuy (Guineau pig)-There are many ways to try Cuy-roasted (al horno), on a stick (al palo), chactado (flattened and fried), and filleted and incorporated into other dishes in novoandina restaurants. Start with the way you’re most comfortable with first to see if you like it. In touristic restaurants, you can choose between dishes where see the entire animal is served on a plate or dishes where it’s cooked like chicken or other meats.

Regional Dishes

Rocoto relleno at La Benita de Los Claustros
  • Ceviche in the north is different than ceviche in Lima. It is served with while beans, generally is spicier and juicier (eat it with a spoon).  One of the joys of traveling Peru is seeing how the ceviche is different in each part of Peru. Side note: Chifles (fried plantains) are also more prominent in northern ceviche. They make great standalone snacks.
  • In Arequipa, Rocoto Relleno is rocoto pepper stuffed with beef and paired with Pastel de Papa a rich, layered potato dish.
  • Cabrito, hearty lamb stew in the north especially Chiclayo and Cajamarca
  • Chicharones-fried pork, found all over Peru but especially well known in Cusco
  • The Chiriuchu is a festive dish in Cusco which combines ingredients from all over Peru-gallina (hen), cuy (guinea pig), chorizo, cecina (see next line), corn, torrejas, and seaweed
  • Juanes (rice, meat, and spices wrapped in a bijao leaf which is similiar to a banana leaf), Cecina (smoked and dried meat), and Tacacho (plantains mashed into a alls) are traditional dishes in the jungle that are worth trying.

Dessert

Suspiro tasting
  • Suspiro consists of manjar blanco (dulce de leche) topped with meringue and cinnamon. It’s too sweet for my tastes but a favorite among locals and visitors. They are now available in different flavors. You can even find samplers with three or four flavors.
  • Picarones are Peru’s answer to donuts. Made of a dough made from squash, fried, and served with syrup. Best eaten freshly fried.
  • Alfajores are delicate cookies with a gooey filling in the center. They filling is typically dulce de leche but now you can find a variety of flavors.
  • King Kong is a giant cookie sandwich that is famous in Northern Peru. It has layers of blancmange, marmalade or sweetened pineapple, and peanuts. It is typically sold by the half kilogram or kilogram.
  • Doña Pepe is a snack found in just about any store

What to drink (alcoholic)

Chilcano tasting at Tanta in Arequipa
  • Pisco Sour-Classic Peruvian drink for a reason. Can be infused with a variety of flavors from maracuya (passion fruit), coca leaf, and more. Try the classic one first, preferably right after you check into your hotel or Airbnb.
  • Chilcano-Ginger ale with pisco. Can also be infused with a variety of flavors.
  • Mosta Verde Pisco-small batch pisco, best enjoyed straight.

What to drink (soft drinks)

  • Chicha Morada is a purple corn punch flavored with fruit. Doesn’t taste as weird as it might sounds. It’s sweet but less sweet than soda. It’s a fixture at cevicherias and local restaurants.
  • Inka Kola-Super sweet soda. Foreigners say it tastes like bubble gum. Locals say it tastes like Hierba Luisa (a local herb). Pairs well with meat like anticucho.

Other Things to Try

  • Papa la Huancaina, Leche de Tigre, Tacu Tacu, Chaufa, Chupe de Camarones, Butifaras, Tiradito, Pollo a la Brasa, Arroz con Pato, Caldo de Gallina, Causa, Chicharones, Conchitas a la Parmesana, Choclo, Soltero, Chancho al Palo, Papa Rellena, … the list is truly endless.

Eating Your Way Around Peru

Lima

View from Larcomar
  • My personal opinion of Lima is that there are lots of restaurants to try but not so much to do between meals.
  • Start by hang out in Barranco and Miraflores which have the largest concentration of restaurants.
  • I was surprised by how many restaurants now in San Isidro; sample old and new (old: Antigua Taberna Queirolo, new: 1038 Bistro).

Fast food/cheap eateries 

Chicharron sandwich at El Chinito
These are selected for convenience and taste, not meant to represent the cheapest food possible:
  • Don Cevichero is located inside Surquillo market and is one of the best ceviche I had featuring super fresh seafood. Surprising quality since there’s several people standing outside trying to get you to come, making it feel like a tourist trap
  • La Lucha is a chain found in various locations around Lima (plus one in Arequipa) offering criolla sandwiches

Traditional places (relatively inexpensive)

Seafood tacu tacu at Canta Rana
  • Canta Rana offers a good selection of traditional hot and cold plates in a cozy setting. Get tacu tacu or ceviche. Get both if you’re sharing.
  • Cafe Tostado try the rabbit in orange sauce.
  • Bam Bam Ceviche near Surquillo Market offers delicious ceviche platters.
  • San Lao Joy is a great place to try Chifa in Chinatown (go for lunch not at night), order the guineau pig.

A bit expensive

Conchitas Parmesana at Rosa Nautica
  • El Mercado is famous for ceviche but I actually prefer the other plates.
  • Rosa Nautica has great cocktails and food with view of water
  • AmaZ offers dishes focused on Amazonian flavors. The dishes incorporate many exotic ingredients (there’s even a glossary on their web site). The end result is simply delicious.

High-end dining

Each dish is a work of art at Central
  • Maido serves beautiful, playful tasting menu representing Nikkei, the combination of Japanese and Peruvian flavors. Seafood plays a large role in Japan and Peru’s gastronomic identity so expect a lot of seafood and concepts borrowed from Peruvian and Japanese food.
  • Astrid y Gaston is Gaston Acurio’s flagship restaurant and has a tasting menu that takes you through a tour of all of Peru. Set in a beautiful colonial house.
  • Central is ranked #1 restaurant  in Latin American and features a stunningly beautiful tasting menu that showcases the biodiversity of Peru. Each course features an ecosystem at a specific altitude.  Each dish is so beautiful that you won’t want to disturb it. Once you dig in, you’ll experience flavors and textures that you’ve encountered before. Make reservations about four months ahead of time.

My List of Things to Try Next Time

  • El Rincón que no Conoces
  • Isolina
  • Ik Tasting menu (I only can handle one per visit!)
  • Ceviche
    • Barra Mar
    • Cevicheria Richard`s
    • El Ceviche De Ronald

Mistura

Chancho al Palo at Mistura

Mistura (“mixture in Spanish) is an annual gastronomic fair that celebrates Peruvian food. Now it has expanded to include other cuisines as well. It is the largest food in Latin America and takes place during the first two weeks of September every year.

If you can arrange your trip to coincide with this festival, it’s a good opportunity to try a wide variety of Peruvian food in a short period of time. Despite the crowds and high prices (relative to local standards), it’s worth checking out.

Cusco

Cuy al Horno at Kusikay
Take it easy because of altitude. Chew on coca leaves, rest, and moderate eating/drinking for the first day. Take altitude sickness pills if needed.
  • Inka Grill is a good place to sample traditional dishes such as Lomo Saltado
  • Uchu is a Peruvian steakhouse serving modern versions of Peruvian dishes like Causa and steak served on volcanic stones
  • Cusqueñita offers Cusco fare with a live show. If you want to try an epic dish, order the Chiriuchu.
  • Republica de Pisco makes good pisco cocktails but questionable music taste;)
  • Chicha, one of Gaston’s restaurants, has a nice menu divided by land, sea, …
  • Limbus offers beautiful view of city and good drink specials
  • Jack’s serves Western favorites, especially good for breakfast
  • El Ecuentro offers vegetarian version of Peruvian classics
  • Markets-I prefer Wanchaq market over the more touristy San Pedro Market which is more central and is known for the spectacles of their butchery section. It is better lit and has a more authentic feel. I also feel like San Pedro is a little less safe since there may be pickpockets targeting tourists

To try next time: 

  • La Quinta Eulalia
  • Kion

Valle Segrado

Salinas de Maras
  • Salinas de Maras-one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen
  • Food recommendations coming … avoid touristy buffets if you can. They do provide an opportunity to try a lot of traditional dishes but none of the dishes will be a standout version.

Aguas Calientes

No one comes to Aguas Calientes for the food
  • At Indio Feliz, you can find French food (along with some fusion) in a funky, pirate-themed atmosphere. It’s a diamond in the rough, in the midst of generic tourist traps that populate the main streets of Aguas Calientes.

Arequipa

Sampling traditional picantería dishes in Arequipa
  • Zig Zag is a tourist favorite and is a good way to sample a variety of meat including alpaca and fish cooked on volcanic rocks.
  • La Benita de Claustros is a great way to sample traditional Arequipan food in a beautiful setting. It is the only picantería in the city center.
  • La Capitana, is a local favorite, feature food cooked over traditional wood fire and a typical Arequipian dishes. Favorites include costillar (ribs), chupe de camarones, and pastel de tallarin.
  • Go to Hatunpa and taste firsthand why Peruvians are so proud of their potatoes. Their plates let you sample different types of potatoes along with your favorite Peruvian dishes.
  • Sol de Mayo is great for a leisurely lunch whee you can sit in a beautiful courtyard and enjoy decadant versions of traditional food (try Chupe de Camarones).
  • Tradicion Arequipa offers modern versions of traditional, picantería food in large portions. It’s visitor-tourist but is also frequented by locals as well.
  • Try the Queso helado at Yuanahura. Despite its name, queso helado doesn’t have any cheese. Instead, it is an icy treat of coconut, cloves, and cinnamon.
  • Casona Pisco is beautifully set pisco bar with simple menu that eschews complicated cocktails and instead highlights the pisco. They have many different bottles of pisco. Chat with the bartender to get recommendations.
  • Salamanto offers a creative tasting menu using local ingredients and riffs on traditional dishes. If you’re staying in Arequipa for a few days, I personally recommend making recommendations and trying Salamanto on your last day, after you’ve sampled the traditional version of dishes listed above. Then, you can really appreciate the creativity that goes into the food here.

Chiclayo

Arroz con Pato, a famous dish in Chiclayo
  • El Pescador serves large portions of tasty ceviche for a low price.  It’s also a good place to eat alongside locals.
  • Fiesta serves refined versions of Chiclayo favorites. Specialties include hot ceviche, duck and rice with the delicious crispy rice at the bottom of the pot that everyone fights for,  and a delicious fancy version of King Kong.  We went to the one in Lima.
  • El Ajicito serves delicious ceviche and specializes in ceviche smothered in ají (pepper) sauce.

Cajamarca

Cabrito in Cajamarca
Cabrito in Cajamarca
  • Señorío Cajamarquino serves Cajamarcan food near plaza de armas, good place to try Cuy frito con Pepián de papas, Cajamarca’s signature dish
  • Restaurante Castope is a little out of the way but highly worth it for traditional food. I ordered the Cabrito with tacu tacu which became one of the top five meals I’ve had in Peru. Word of warning: it is really, really filling.

Iquitos

You’ll find all sorts of exotic ingredients in the Selva. Pictured, suri (Amazonian grub worm)
Gateway to experiencing the Selva, I was surprised by how good the food scene was.
  • Chez Paz is only a couple blocks from the main square but offers great menu of modern twists on Peruvian food. The prices are also significantly cheaper than restaurants on the main square. This is a restaurant that warrants multiple times.
  • Take a boat to Al Frio y Al Fuego, a floating restaurant. Menu is a little pricey but features fusion and refined version of classic dishes from the selva.
  • The Yellow Rose of Texas is a Texas-themed bar where you least expect it. Try the fried gator bites. Traditional dishes like  Patarashca (fish steamed in bijao leaves) are also perfectly cooked but a little more expensive than in other places.
  • Musmuqui Bar,  or “monkey bar,” offers cocktails made from a local, sugar liqueur infused with all sorts of things from jungle fruit to snakes.

Piura

Ceviche with conchas negras
Ceviche with conchas negras

When people say that Piura is nice they mean the region not the town. The town is a transportation hub so you may end up passing through, but it is a headache of a city with the incessant honking and dilapidated buildings.

  • El Pedrito prepares delicious ceviche with conchitas negras. There are two restaurants next to each other that are part of El Pedrito. Pick the one where you can watch the owner and cevichero, Pedro, work his craft.
  • Tayanti, Tao, and a couple other restaurants share a large, courtyard area in an up and coming neighborhood. A nice area to have dinner and drinks.

Máncora

Ceviche at Donde Teresa
Ceviche at Donde Teresa
  • El Local offers great coffee and sandwiches packed with beautiful, organic lettuce and other vegetables.
  • Donde Teresa is run by the son of one of first celebrity chefs in Peru. Their ceviche is delicious and features fried seafood on top of ceviche. They also offer twists on dishes such as smoked Ají de Gallina.

Zorritos

The pier in Zorritos is a great place for people watching
  • El Faro offers the best “menú” (daily special consisting of starter, entree, and sometimes beverage or dessert at a bargain price). I’ve had in all of the time I spent in Peru. I had ceviche, fried fish, and a drink for a only a few dollars.
  • The restaurant options are fairly limited especially at night. If you’re staying somewhere with a kitchen, I recommend waking up early in the morning and buying fresh fish. Also, check out the Muelle (pier), a great place to watch fisherman and locals work and hang out.

Tumbes

A ceviche cocktail with conchas negras and other assorted seafood
  • Eduardo El Brujo serves delicious ceviche and seafood dishes. It’s the best place to find Tumbesian cuisine. I ate here three times in two days… Make sure you look for “Eduardo El Brujo.” There’s another restaurant with the “El Brujo” name.

Coming Soon … How to Eat in Peru (the book)

I have a lot more to say about Peruvian food! The only way I could get myself to publish this is to arbitrarily limit the amount of time I spend writing this.
I’m not Peruvian, but I  spent three months working in two Peruvian restaurants (one local and one touristic). Then, I spent another month in Cusco cooking with a local family (for one party, we roasted five whole pigs!) Finally, I’ve been traveling all over Peru to learn about food in various regions, trying new dishes at every opportunity and interviewing dozens of people along the way.
My book will be a practical guidebook to food in Peru. It will focus on “must try” dishes and provide you with a path for trying lesser known but equally delicious dishes without getting a stomachache. I will also tell you about the ingredients that make up Peruvian food as a way to help you better understand and appreciate Peruvian food. I will also provide practical advice about how to avoid altitude sickness and provide historical context when it makes it sense.
My stretch goal is to write a book that is interesting enough to read on its own. To this effect, I will include stories from my time working in the kitchen (did I mention that I’m an engineer and not a cook? Also, I didn’t know Spanish). I will also share some of the stories of people I’ve met in my journey across Peru.

60 Comments Add yours

  1. Dave says:

    I’m planning a trip here soon and my friend told me Ceviche and Pisco Sours were the best things to try and I’m glad to see that affirmed! My mother is from Ecuador and they eat Cuy there, but I can’t bring myself to try it. I think this post has changed my mind!

    1. Sutee says:

      I’m in Ecuador now (used up my max days in Peru). I heard the cuy in Ecuador was very different from that in Peru. I’ll have to try for myself!

  2. Gabriela says:

    Peru definitely doesn’t sound very vegan-friendly place to travel… I’ve never been there but in Central America, they had a lot dishes with beans, rice, etc. Do you know if there’s anything to eat for vegans?

    1. Sutee says:

      We have a video and blog post about vegan/vegetarian Peruvian food coming out soon. It’s becoming easier and easier to be vegan in Peru, especially in Lima and Cusco.Many of the traditional dishes are not vegan, but many restaurants now make vegan versions of everything from ceviche to lomo saltado (Peruvian stir-fried beef).

  3. I’ve been wanting to go to Peru for ages! You’re making me travel there already with the food 😀 While reading I was thinking what I would try but I couldn’t make my mind until I read about the food fair in September. This is the time when I need to go 😀
    Congrats on the book 😉

  4. Marlies says:

    This food looks amazing and I am a picky eater! haha. I want to visit Peru one day and now I have at least got the food covered. Thanks! 🙂

  5. This food looks incredible! I’m dying to go to Peru, and it looks like I have some yummy dishes to look forward to. The Aji de Gallina in particular looks top notch!

  6. Hey, wonderful article! Very detailed and entertaining! I love you started with ceviche -it’s my personal favorite! And with Pisco Sour of course! Looking forward to your book!
    Cheers!

  7. Joe says:

    This was very useful to read as I’m going to Peru in April. I’ve heard much about how there is so much to choose from that it can be hard to know where to start, so this is ideal 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Sutee says:

      Thanks! Please let me know if you have any questions or if you have any requests for topics for future blog posts (thaiyoshi at gmail.com). Readers like you help me improve my guides and make them relevant to other travelers.

  8. Everything looks so tasty. I don’t about eating Chuy whole though. Did you like it?

    1. Sutee says:

      Thanks! Cuy was a bit of an acquired taste, but I enjoyed trying it in many different ways (fried, on a stick, roasted, etc).

  9. Ivy says:

    Ah those infamous guinea pigs. When my friends told me they ate guinea pigs while in Peru I was like whaaaaat! Apparently they’re actually quite good! I wouldn’t mind giving it a shot. A million yeses to ceviche and hellllll naw to those grub worms haha

  10. Anna says:

    It all looks so good!! I’ve been curious to hear what guinea pig tastes like.

  11. Julie Cohn says:

    This is so great! I love Peruvian good but to have an entire guide to what to eat while in Peru? So awesome, and I cannot wait for the book edition of this. Thank you!

  12. kelsi says:

    Oh my gosh, this list!!!! Definitely pinning this for any future trips t Peru 😉 Aside from cevich, I’d most like to try Aji de Gallina and the ginger ale drink with chili. But I would try most of this! Great photos, too.

  13. Yum, everything looks so delicious. I’m leaning towards the ceviche and the Lomo Saltado. The Anticucho Grimanesa looks great but not sure I’m a cow heart person.

  14. Sheena says:

    What a definitive list! I especially like that I did eat the Big 5 dishes! I spent 6 weeks in Peru, my favourite activity was looking for Menu del Dias everyday – best deal in whichever town you’re in & there’s always so much variety. Peruvian is definitely one of my favourite cuisines!

  15. Tracy says:

    Oo..wow..there are so many interesting food in Peru. I will get panic seeing so many choices. Haha..Which one is your favourite?

  16. Swati says:

    OMG.. That’s an insanely delicious post I must say. Reading each and every description and drooling over the pictures, you have made me hungry and that too its lunch time here in Ireland.

    Definitely gonna try – Suspiro , Picarones and King Kong
    Have bookmark this page and congrats for you book release too.

  17. Polly says:

    I never new Peruvian food was so diverse and amazing! The traditional dishes look right up my street

  18. Kathy P. says:

    Great photography. Makes my stomach growl!

  19. Candy says:

    Peruvian food looks and sounds amazing. I love lime and you mentioned that their lime has a stronger, distinctive flavor. I would love to try that lime someday 🙂

  20. Wow wow wow…this food looks amazing. I remember trying the guinea pig when I was in Ecuador, it was most definitely on a stick. It tasted an awful lot like greasy chicken if I remember correctly. I’d really love to dive in to Peruvian cuisine. Thanks for such a great post!

  21. Apology accepted! Even as a vegetarian I can appreciate how delicious all of the dishes look! Would love to know about the vegetarian versions on Peruvian classics from El Encuentro (or elsewhere!)

  22. A Taste for Travel says:

    What a great resource for anyone travelling to Peru. I think I’d give the cow’s hearts aka Anticuchos a pass but the dulce de leches style dessert looks delicious!

  23. Tara says:

    I’m not a super adventurous eater, so I’d probably stay away from the guinea pig and the grub worms, but some of your choices look really delicious! We have a great Peruvian restaurant here in New York – the family that runs it is from a small town outside of Cusco.

  24. Tom Warren says:

    I had the chance to eat some Peruvian foods during my graduate work in anthropology, and was amazed at how good it was. I’m hoping to spend some time in Peru either in late April or early next January and I will definitely be using your suggestions!

  25. Chiera says:

    Wow! such an extensive list of suggestions! You’re making me hungry haa. Congrts on your book 🙂

  26. I’ll definitely choose dessert & burger. And from costly options, will decide in peru.

  27. Claire says:

    I LOVE Peruvian food! I was there for a few months last year & adored it. Aji de gallina and lomo saltado are my faves, but I also loved the avocados there, and the soups that came with the set menus. And of course ceviche! Mmmmm my mouth is watering just thinking about it 😉

  28. Jackie Taylor says:

    Ahh all of these look so delicious! I would love to try some of these. 🙂

  29. Riely says:

    Peru doesn’t seem to offer many vegan/vegetarian dishes. I prefer no meat especially when it looks like the animal such as the guinea Pig. A nice detailed post. I am sure your book will be well received for those travelling to Peru.

    1. Sutee says:

      I have have a video about How to Eat Vegetarian in Peru and accompanying blog post coming out soon! Eating vegetarian in Peru is becoming easier and easier, but admittedly it’s still sometimes challenging.

  30. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    This is an absolute culinary coma. Every dish is so diverse. I would love to Cabrito. And amongst the dessert my favourite would be King Kong.

  31. Emma says:

    i love ceviche and often order it in a Peruvian restaurant in london. Not sure i could eat guinea pig and cows hear though!

  32. ada says:

    OMG I am so hungry now! Peru is definelty on my wish list and now after I’ve seen all this food I wanna just buy a ticket and fly today! Looks sooo delicious !!

  33. neha says:

    Peru seems to have quiet some special cuisines. I will definitely like to try the veg options when I head here. Are there abundant vegetarian options as well?

  34. digital travel guru says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post on food for Peru. I need to definitely try some of these

  35. Liza says:

    OMG such a good guide for peruvian food! I bookmarked it!

    xx,

    http://www.firmabeauty.com

  36. Rashida says:

    Of course I would read this just as I’m starving late at night! Everything looks delicious. I would love to try the ceviche. I’m sure it’s phenomenal.

  37. Wow, awesome yummy round up! Mouth-watering…can’t wait to try out some of these items when I make it to Peru.

  38. Such a comprehensive list of foods. You did a great job on the photos and descriptions to make this a go-to guide for eating in Peru. I have tried a few of these dishes while traveling in Peru and really enjoyed everything I tried. I am going to bookmark your guide for an upcoming trip. Really enjoyed the post.

  39. Ugh this just made me SO hungry!! Peruvian ceviche is the best thing on earth… We have a Peruvian restaurant here in San Francisco that has the best ceviche. If the place wasn’t so expensive I’d go everyday! A lot of the other food I haven’t heard of (probably because I stick to the ceviche because it’s SO GOOD) so this is helpful… I’ll have to step outside the box next time. I’ll have to also actually go TO Peru to try this stuff 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  40. This post has it all! I think it’s so helpful when bloggers break it down into cheap/mid/expensive eats. I also didnt realise the range of meats eaten in Peru! I’m not sure how good I’d be at eating Guinea Pig!

  41. Gracie says:

    You made me drool! Just by looking at the photos, and then you described it very well, I’m dead! I think I will love the Lomo Saltado. The Anticuchos looks interesting too… I’ve never tried cow’s heart but I know the marinade will make it more tasty. I also drool when I saw that dulce de leche with mirange, they are both of my fave treats!

  42. Thanks for writing this, it can be so confusing ordering food in exotic places such as Peru. I’d only heard of Ceviche but those Chicharron sandwiches look delicious. The anticuchos is something else I’d order, there’s a few things you’ve mentioned I would not like which is important to know as well!

  43. Rhiannon says:

    This must be the first what to eat in Peru type post I’ve read which doesn’t feature alpaca meat as one of the main “must try’s”! A refreshing change definitely 🙂 I ate at Hatunpa after being enthusiastically informed by my Colca Canyon guide how Peru grows the most variety of potatoes in the world. Not sure how true that statement is but he seemed very proud of it!
    Your book sounds like a brilliant idea – I shall have to keep an eye out.

  44. Ling says:

    Yes yes yes to everything except cuy and grub worms! I don’t know if it was taste or just not used to guinea pig, but I wasn’t fond of the dishes I tried. I’m not sure I’d stomach grub worms…everything else though, I’ve just about tried during our Peru visit. We loved Maido and wished we could eat at Central but it was completely booked. Next time we visit, we want to go during Mistura! When we went, we were there one week before the festival! Such bad luck, next time!!

  45. Louiela says:

    I have to eat dinner again after reading this… 🙂 I saved this post so I won’t forget the names… I’ll ask my Peruvian colleague if she knows how to prepare some of it… 🙂 🙂 🙂

  46. Kelly says:

    Thank you for such an informative post. I was in Peru and loved the diversity of cuiskne there. My favorites were ceviche and lomo de saltado with french fries. I also love the regional diversity in cuiskne that makes food culture there exciting!

  47. Paula says:

    So much I have not tried. I love ceviche but not sure I would be brave enough to try guinea pig.

  48. Fantastic post! Your brought me back to when I visited Peru more than a decade ago and wanted to try everything. I did try the cuy. Wasn’t my thing but wow, what a photo of the cuy in Cusco!

  49. Amazing advice! I’m heading to Peru in May and will definitely take this advice!!

  50. Anu says:

    Super informative and useful , would defnitely try it out on my peru travels 🙂

  51. Divsi says:

    I am a vegetarian:( and when I read “apologies to vegetarians” my heart sunk 😉 but the desserts were a solace! And the drinks too. This one is a really comprehensive guide:) will definitely share it with non veggies traveling to Peru:)

  52. Really intriguing article…It is lunch time as I read it now and I feel so hungry! I found out about some strange dishes for my likes, and I would like to taste them some day!

  53. Alina says:

    I believe that everyone MUST read this guide of yours before going to Peru 🙂 This is the most comprehensive guide so far, and Peruvian cuisine is one of the best I tried in my life!

  54. Woow this is just amazing! i’ve never read food guide like this! It’s so informative so thank you! I’ve bookmarked it!

  55. Cat says:

    Wow what an extensive list! As a foodie, I love to try authentic local eats. Ceviche is a must. Suspiro sounds delicious!

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