A waitress passed with a plate full of vegetables and little pieces of meat. “That looks good,” I thought and I ordered the same. We were sitting in a small restaurant with only 5 tables in a village near Lake Titicaca in Peru. It was only at home I discovered that what I ate was actually cow lung. Peru was full of culinary surprises and I’d like to take you on a Peru food tour!
Cuy de Horno
Guinea pig has been a popular staple meat in Peruvian households for ages. It tastes a little bit like rabbit.
This popular South America cocktail is a mix of Pisco sour, egg white, lime, syrup and ice.
A heavy dish with fried cheese, potatoes and salad.
This dish is common around Lake Titicaca and consists of fried trout, potatoes and a fresh salad.
Lomo Saltado is a simple, but delicious stir-fry dish with beef, tomatoes, onions and soy sauce served with fries or white rice.
Ceviche is a fresh seafood dish with citrus juice and red onion. It is usually served with sweet potato.
Mate de Coca
Mate de Coca is a tea made by the leaves of a coca plant. Coca plants contain alkaloids which are the source for cocaine base and therefore it serves as a (very mild) stimulant.
Alpaca is the cuter version of a lama and tastes a bit like beef. In Peru the alpaca’s are mainly kept for their wool.
This golden-colored drink is incredibly sweet and popular with the Peruvians.
Organ meat is common in the Peruvian kitchen and the main ingredient of chanfainita is cow lung.
Pollo a la brasa
Pollo a la Brasa is a popular Peruvian version of the roast chicken with soy sauce and garlic. This crunchy chicken is typically served with french fries.
A popular Peruvian lager.
Also worth mentioning: the dishes of Sonccollay
The Sonccollay restaurant in Arequipa was recommended by a friend. In the Sonccollay restaurant you can try unique pre-inca cuisine: dishes prepared according the ancient recipes with respect for Pachamama. The chef is very friendly and it’s most likely that he will greet you in personal.
Also worth mentioning are Rocoto Relleno (spicy rocoto pepper stuffed with minced beef etc.) and causa (avocado and potato).
Would you try cow lung or guinea pig?
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