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Which peruvian foods should you recommend for a tourist visiting Peru?

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Considering that some typical peruvian foods are too spicy for some foreign stomachs you should avoid (initially at least) the delicious Rocoto Relleno (cheese and stuffed very hot and spicy pimiento), Ocopa (boiled egg and white peruvian potatoes, with very spicy peanuts cream) or Anticuchos (grilled heart chunks --like shish kebab -- with a very spicy typical "salsa")
The ones you should never miss are: Papa a la Huancaína (based on fresh sour cheese cream, boiled potatoes and boiled egg); Cebiche (super fresh fish or mixed seafood, onion, a touch of limo chilli, boiled corn, lettuce); Lomo Saltado (prime beef, onions, some fresh herbs, everything salted and peruvian fresh fried potatoes with white rice); Carapulcra (dried peruvian potatoes, peanuts and some secret ingredients, with a white rice portion).Don`t forget to try peruvian Cuzqueña beer or if you are in a special mood the famous peruvian pisco. As desserts you should never miss Picarones (like sweet pumpkin donuts, fried); or Suspiros de Limeña (that is incredible but may bee too sweet for some guys). The list is still too large for this moment. Enjoy!
i recommend you Lomo Saltado is Meat with onions, tomate and fries potatoes; Aji de Gallina, Arroz con pollo, carapulcra, seco de cabrito, etc. there are a lot of goog meals that you can find. but there are mi favorites
Well, the food the you definitely must try is ''El Ceviche',"Papa a la Huancaina","Aji de Gallina",Jalea de Mariscos","Chupe de Camarones","Rocotos rellenos con carne", and there a lot of typical food in Peru but these are my favorite. You can visit this website as well to see our variety of peruvian food.
Peru has one of the most diverse cuisine in the world, in part because of its history (native american, african, european and asian influences) in part because of its environment. Coastal Peruvians eat fish and seafood in any number of way, cooked or raw (i.e. ceviche, tiraditos...). In the lowlands, try juanes. In the highland, lechon, tubers, alpaca, and of course guinea pig. Good luck.
Here are some typical, and highly recommended, dishes that most visitors like to try:
- Ceviche (fish cooked in the juice of limes, served with camote and choclo)
- Lomo saltado (stir-fried beef, onions and tomatoes, almost Asian style)
- Aji de Gallina (chicken in a rich, creamy and spicy sauce)
- Cuy (guinea pig, served in a variety of ways - wait until you're in the Andes to try this for the most authentic experience)
- Alpaca (usually served in steaks)
- Anticuchos (beef-heart kebabs, very popular in Lima)

But that's just the beginning of the enormous range of Peruvian food. I'd suggest you be a little adventurous and try whatever you can find.

Also, as a warning, here are some things that many visitors wish they'd never ordered without checking first:
- Cau cau / mondongo (beef intestines served in a stew that most visitors dislike)
- Patita (pig or chicken feet)
- Sangrita (a blood based ingredient)
(I don't mind this stuff personally, but it can shock visitors when they weren't expecting it to be served up on their plate!)

Buen Viaje!
Matthew Barker - Peru For Less
Sea food tacu tacu, cebiche of course, guinie pig if you are in cusco, papa a la Huancaina, lomo Saltado, Rocoto relleno , ocopa arequipeña,, mmmm so many
On the risk of being ennumerative, I'll try to remember some MUST dishes to taste:

Ceviche (marine)
Papa a la Huancaina (Potatoes and mildly spiced cheessy cream)
Ocopa Arequipeña (Potatoes and mildly spiced cream)
Rocoto Relleno (Stuffed rocotos - HOT!)
Anticuchos (Meat: Bovine hearth)
Parihuela (marine soup)

any fish "a la chorrillana"
any fish "a lo macho"
Lomo saltado (bovine)
Aji de Gallina (hen on spiced cream)
Escabeche (could be fish or chicken)
Arroz con Pato (duck whit rice)
Pachamanca (not a huge fan of it, but should be tasted)
Cecina con Tacacho (Smoked pork with smashed green bananas)
Tacu Tacu (smashed beans with meats)
Cau Cau (bovine estomach)

Suspiro a la Limeña
Turron
Lucuma Ice cream (look for a special variant named Zambito on Tip Top restaurants)
Maracuya (Passion fruit, an acid one. Check deserts and juice)
Chirimoya fruit

And a lot more!
Very good list! You seem to know quite a lot of peruvian foof!
Keep up like this always!
I will say that it is not so much a matter of which dish but "where" to try it, there are awful and wonderful places, and just the tag attached to a dish doesn`t guarantee the experience.... There is traditional peruvian food, regional different dishes (those from the rainforest differ completely from those of andean or coastal origin. One small nice unpretentious place to try good food for not that much money is "El Paraiso del Sabor" in Av.Dos de Mayo corner with Atahualpa Street in downtown Miraflores, it is diagonally across the street from "La Gloria" the best restaurant in Perú by far , hope you have a nice experience :-)
i recommend for tourist food whitour condiments like pepper chilis and mres , so when u go to eat go to eat in places in where sell hill peruavians food because ahve a nice taste and healty and are variatyy
In Cusco you can try Cuy chactado o al horno, chicharrón, adobo, caldo de gallina, pernil al horno, trout in traditionnal restaurants and you have a very good offer of "novo-andina" cuisine in very trendy restaurants.
If you are in lima try with seafood , I think will be your best option,

good luck,

jose Antonio

there are so many: ceviche, rocoto relleno, cau cau, lomo saltado, ají de gallina, adobo, locro, etc etc etc
There are many tipical dishes like

Aji de Gallina
Ceviche
Papa a la Huancaina
Lomo Saltado
Anticucho
Ocopa
Patita con mani
Rocoto relleno
Caucau
Carapulcha
Causa

Desserts

Picarones
Suspiro a la limeña
Turron de doña pepa
Crema volteada
Mazamorra
Arroz con leche

Good Luck
I think, trying to be on the visitor shoes, that only the name of a dish doesn't give a foreigner a good idea of what to expect when planning a peruvian lunch or dinner; A basic descrptions of the principal ingredients and how it is prepared (cooked) is interesting to be pinpointed; anyway, this list by Eduardo seems quite varied and provocative.
Hello! I recommend you octopus in barbecue and anticuchos of Grimanesa madam in Lima. Nice trip!!
I recommend Ceviche, Parihuela of fish there are sea food.
Typical food is Frejoles con seco of meat
Desert: Mazamorra morada.
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Uhmmm.... this answer could be very long, since our country has a great variety of typical dishes, thanks to our mixture of cultures. Its also good to mention that we are consider the 4th country with the richest variety of dishes in the world (Together with France, Mexico and Italy.

I would start a gastronomic tour in Lima, letting people try our great Ceviche, the Symbol of the richness of our seas and official dish of the peruvian coast. The variety of ceviches you could prepare is up to the many kinds of fish and sea food you can find in Humboldt Sea Current. Other good ones could include Carapulcra (Limeña or Chinchana), Causa Rellena, Papa Rellena, Chicharrón de Chancho (in Lurin) and so forth.

If we continue to the south, we will find Arequipa. Since it's got its own gastronomic culture, we can find a wide variety of typical plates here such as Rocoto Relleno, Cuy Chacta'o, Pastel de Papa, Chupe de Camarones, Soltero de Queso, Ocopa............ the list is endless...

On the andes, in general, we can also find Papa a la Huancaína, Pachamanca, Alpaca meat (wich can be fried, boiled, stir fried...), Cancha tostada, Pataska, Pesque (foreigners love plates with quinua!), Chairo, etc. Don't forget to learn them about humitas and tamales!

In the jungle we can also try a delicious "Juane" (or Fuane), Tacacho (with Cecina), Patarashca, Timbuche... all of them comming with their drinks! (explained later here).

On the north of peru is also possible to find Adobo, Arroz con Pato, Chilcano, Sudado, Malarrabia (which is typical of holy week), Seco (de Cabrito or Chabelo), Cabrito asado, Chifles (from bananas), Pepián, etc.

Drinks that should never miss those tables should be Pisco (of course!, and could be a Pisco Sour, Chilcano or Cocktail de Algarrobina), Chicha (de Jora or Morada), Anis Najar (always with Arequipean dishes), Chimbango (alcohol from figs), Emoliente (get healthy!), Frutillada and many more. Let's admit it: getting beer in such table is not creative...

I hope this answer helps you. Bye!

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