The quality of Peruvian gastronomy is indisputable. From that country come terms like the famous “avocado salad” or “pisco”. That is why for no one it was a mystery when Peru won, in 2019, the recognition as the best culinary destination, issued by the judges of the World Travel Awards.
Such recognition only proves the obvious. However, it also puts on the table the quality of Peruvian gastronomy. Therefore, as lovers of good food, in SolyMar we will tell you about 10 gastronomic curiosities of Peru.
We challenge you not to fall in love with our proposals. Undoubtedly, you will discover a new world for your palate, because our food has captivated even the finest and most demanding tastes.
Curiosities of Peruvian food
Based on the criteria of our best chefs, we will show you a brief and delicious tour through Peruvian cuisine. Join us to discover the greatest secrets and, at the same time, travel to the cradle of the ancient Inca civilization, from your table.
1. The 3 categories of Peruvian gastronomy
Did you know that traditional Peruvian food is divided into 3 branches? That’s right, and these branches are determined by geography and the more than 30 microclimates that surround the region.
Among the menus, you are likely to find seafood, such as seafood of all kinds. In addition, you will find food of mountainous origin and, not least, ingredients whose history goes back to the jungle.
This diversity makes Peruvian food one of the most diverse, mysterious and sought after, both in the national and international market. Also, this diversity gives them the quality of gourmet gastronomy.
2. Where does the famous ceviche come from?
It is possible that, on more than one occasion, you have heard of this very famous dish. Well, as you can imagine, it comes from Peru. The coastal sensation transmitted by the seafood, combined with the highest quality spices and the inevitable lime juice, give this dish a unique and delicious flavor.
3. The potato, a pre-Columbian legacy of transcendence
One of the most important legacies of the Inca culture was the potato. If we talk about dates, the first evidence of this tuber is found around the year 8000 B.C., in southern Peru.
Since then, until its distribution by the Spaniards during and after the Conquest, the potato has become a fundamental element in cuisines all over the world. Its diversity in preparation and its unforgettable flavor makes the potato a substantial ingredient in any dish.
4. Gastronomy as a product of miscegenation
Something to rescue, of the Peruvian gastronomy, is that its diversity is not only determined by geography or its important microclimates, but by its history of miscegenation. Over the years, Peruvian cuisine has been shaped by multiple foreign influences, such as Spanish or Asian.
One of the clearest examples is found in the chaufa cuisine, whose origin dates back to the Asian immigrants who arrived in Peru during the 19th century. The syncretism that arose from Chinese ingredients (such as Cantonese rice), with local spices, overturned the menus in all food stalls.
Even today it is common to see chaufa cuisine dishes in restaurants (mainly in Lima). Moreover, on the international scene, such culinary combinations are widely recommended by connoisseurs of good food.
5. Chocolate and its relationship with Peru
Although the first people to taste cocoa as a beverage were the Olmecs of Mexico, it was cultivated long before that in the Amazon region. Then, after many years and discoveries, chocolate was born.
Peruvian chocolate is important for well-known Belgian confectionery companies and fast-food chains. In addition, many gourmet restaurants offer hot chocolate and cakes based on Peruvian recipes.
6. Nature’s resources are used
One of the peculiarities of Peruvian gastronomy is its constant regression to natural ingredients. This vision of the world has provided innumerable benefits, not only to Peruvian food, but to all gastronomic areas.
What would the big fast-food chains be without potato chips? Or what about Swiss chocolate brands? Peru has an infinity of products that have emerged from its constant search for new food forms.
7. Ancestral cooking techniques
There is a very particular concept in Peruvian gastronomy that describes a peculiar cooking procedure. This is “pachamanca” which, in the native language, “pacha” refers to the earth and “manca” to a pot.
Such a procedure consists of an oven (traditionally made of earth), to cook meat, potatoes and other vegetables. In several countries, there are equivalents equally delicious and according to the gourmet services they offer.
This type of technique makes us think that good food does not necessarily have to have a complicated procedure in its elaboration. With ancestral techniques and tools, adapted to our times, you can taste top quality meats.
8. What are salchipapas?
There is no doubt: salchipapas are Peru’s most famous fast food. And we owe their exquisite flavor to their simplicity. Made with sausages, potatoes and sauce to taste, this Peruvian delicacy has conquered many palates.
There is also a little known but equally delicious variant: the salchipollo. A delicacy that is a must every time you visit a Peruvian restaurant and that will make you happy.
9. Unpredictably delicious drinks
Chicha and pisco can never be missing when talking about Peruvian gastronomy. But nowadays, an unexpected drink is also gaining ground. Do you know which one we are talking about? Exactly, Inca Kola.
This drink conveys the fervor of Peru, as what it is: a delicious combination of extraordinary things and experiences. That is why it is so loved and recommended, both nationally and internationally.
It is true that traditional drinks, such as chicha, pisco or fruit juices, are indispensable in a gourmet restaurant. But Inca Kola brings us back home. Hence its magic and importance for Peruvians.
10. Peruvian gastronomy and tourism
Finally, it is no surprise that Peruvian food lovers outnumber annual visitors to Machu Picchu. As we mentioned at the beginning, Peru is one of the undisputed leaders in food since 2012, and food critics support this motion.
From tamales to white and red meats, Peruvian cuisine has undoubtedly excelled greatly in its culinary proposal. That allows many more people to dare to know the specialties of Peru and fall in love forever.
Where to find the best Peruvian food restaurant?
After knowing these 10 curious facts about Peruvian gastronomy, what are you waiting for to visit us at SolyMar? In Quebec, we are experts in Peruvian food and we are happy to serve you as you deserve.
We are located at 7610 Rue Saint-Hubert, Montréal, Québec. If you are interested in our specialties, you can make your reservations here. In addition, so that you don’t have any inconvenience, we have a specialized delivery service for your comfort.
We also have an extensive menu, where you will find the most representative Peruvian delicacies. And, to make you feel confident, we invite you to visit our gallery or the Solymar 360° section, where you will get a more familiar approach with us.
Because we are experts in Peruvian gastronomy and we seek to delight your palate with gourmet food of unbeatable flavor. So, contact us: it will be a pleasure to serve your exquisite culinary tastes.