Delicious Peruvian Food: Part Two

Api, a thick sweet corn drink made with either purple or yellow corn, served here with bunuelos, a fried dough drizzled with syrup.

A lot of quinoa is grown in Peru; this a sweet quinoa breakfast drink.

Warm milk poured over salty quinoa and topped with cheese. Notice the classic toilet paper as napkins.

Pisco sours are the national drink of Peru and they are addicting. It’s a mixture of pisco (a Peruvian brandy) lime juice, sugar, and egg whites shaken until a little foamy.

Pasta is popular in most countries, but I’ve never had it served with a couple of fat slices of potato before.

The empanada stuffed with either meat or cheese is a staple street snack.

Corn has been an important part of most Peruvians diets for centuries and it is easy to see why. The kernels are huge and just one cob is filling enough to pass for a meal.

Some meat hung out to dry on the clothesline. At night when it started to rain the clothes came in and the meat stayed outside on the line. Is it wrong that this picture makes my mouth start to water?

This is just one of the many set lunches that we ate at cheap working class restaurants. Most plates involve meat and potatoes or rice, and a few veggies.

Soup is served with every set menu and is always good. We’ve had peanut, corn, potato, and broth soups with either pasta, rice, potato chunks, or bones in it.

A rainbow of Jellos. Who doesn’t love Jello? If a little girl walks onto a bus with a plastic bag of homemade Jello cups she will walk off ten minutes later with a handful of money.

The drink more popular than Coke and served everywhere in Peru: Inca Cola. It tastes like bubblegum and is not my thing at all, but Peruvians go crazy for it.

And last but not least the guinea pig, or cuy. It is a traditional Andean dish that is served fried, broiled or roasted. This one is oven baked and filled with huacatay herbs which are delicious. The little claws and teeth can be a turn off, as well as a few left over organs that some people may enjoy, but the meat is pretty good and tastes like greasy dark chicken meat.

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One response to “Delicious Peruvian Food: Part Two

  1. OK , maybe I ate too much on your last post, but this one doesn’t quite do as much for me. (But I’d eat any of it if I were there.) When we were in Belize little kids got on at every bus stop to sell fruit, candies, and gum. We usually bought bananas. I didn’t see any Jello there.

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