Friday, 15 March 2019

5 street foods you have to try while visiting Peru:


Greetings ladies and gentlemen of the great world wide web. So how are you guys and girls doing on this awesome day? Good, I hope. When it comes to me, I really do not have any reason to complain at all. I would say the sun is shining and life is great. Anyway, today I felt like it was about time for me to revisit a topic that has more or less been laying dormant so far this year and what I am thinking about are my top 5 travel list posts. This time around I wishes to focus on a topic that is very near and dear to my foodie's heart. Yes, you are correct, I am going to focus on yet another food list, but this time around its fast food or Peruvian street foods as I want to call it. My belly doesn't lie, I love food and especially fast food. So let's get started.

Papa rellena: I have to put this one as number one for many reasons, but the most important one is that it's an amazing dish, at least when you get used to it. It took a while for me to be honest and the reason for that is because I felt it was overly dry. This dish is pretty simple and contains very few ingredients. You take a potato (in this case potato paste) and fill it with meat, onions, olives and a hard-boiled egg and then “throw” it in the frying pan. On the side you can have either rice or a salad, I prefer a light salad. This is a perfect meal on the run or as a snack for that matter, but you won't be able to eat that many of them. A potato like this is very filling in itself. I max out on two of these fried potatoes.
Anticucho (photo credit: Manuel González Olaechea)
Churros de manjar: I am not sure how I would categorize this one. My food heart wants to say it is a light snack, but my brain would say it a Spanish breakfast. Because this snack or dish comes originally from Spain and back in the “old country” this is a typical breakfast. To explain this dish a bit better, this is a deep-fried pastry dough filled with some type of chocolate and sprinkled with sugar. Yes, it's very sweet and this is also why I am having problems putting it into the breakfast category, simply because I am not used to eating something sweet as a meal. As a snack yes, but not as a complete meal. Do not misunderstand me, I do love it, but as a hot snack on the move.

Anticuchos: To be completely honest, this is the one that so far has given me the biggest problem to get used to. Again not because of how it tastes, but this time around the thought of what kind of meat they use to make this dish. You can say that it has its similarities with the better-known dish, shish kebab but the anticuchos has its origin from the Andes mountains. The dish in itself is pretty simple, meat marinated in vinegar and spices (usually cumin, aji pepper and garlic). The meat that is used for this dish is a beef heart, but you can without any problems replace it with regular beef. It's not my go-to street food, but I will eat it if someone offers it to me. I have gotten used to the idea of eating heart after moving here.
Churros de manjar (photo credit: Enano275)
Arroz con leche: This is a “dish” that most of you are familiar to, the English word for it is rice pudding and you find it all over the world in one form or other. When it comes to Arroz con leche it is the other category that makes it special. Its when it becomes Arroz con leche mazamorra morada it becomes typical Peruvian in my eyes. If you are curious about what this mazamorra part is I will be linking to an external website that can explain this a lot better than me. Basically, when you combine these dishes it becomes something that locally is called the Peruvian flag and you have to take my word on it, its deliciously sweet. Its the perfect combination of rice, milk and corn.

Marciano's de Lucuma: Okay, I have to be completely honest on this one. My girlfriend threw this one at me and I spent ages on google trying to find out what this dish was for something. I could not wrap my head around this one and could not remember when I had tried this one, but it dawned on me when I came over one simple photo. It's my popsicle in a plastic bag and its amazingly refreshing. If I am not mistaken, you can use whatever fruit you want with this one, even chocolate or pure milk and put it in your fridge for a few hours. You can actually make this one your self and as mentioned so simple and delicious. My girlfriend even made this for me while we lived in Magdalena del Mar. I would say that this one is a perfect end on a perfect street food meal, just take my word on it.
Arroz con leche (photo credit: Dtarazona )
This is my top 5 Peruvian street foods or snacks. I know that I have been throwing around a lot of strange names and such today, but I am including as many external links on this as I can so you are in the position to experience it your self. Even if you are not planning to make a trip to Peru yourself. Some of them are in English and some of them are in Spanish, but luckily for us, we have google translate, but of course, I do hope you can make the trip to experience all of this first hand. It's all fun and exciting to read about other peoples experience, but nothing like experiencing it yourself. I would recommend it very strongly. Not just for the food, but for the full package, if you understand what I mean by that?

Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog post because I have been enjoying it a great deal. Has been a struggle to complete it, but all in all a fun experience once again that got me thinking a way too much on food right now. So if you enjoyed reading this post, why not check me out on social media? You can find me on Facebook (Beyond theHorizon), on Youtube (Beyond the Horizon 2.0) on Twitter (Beyond theHorizon) and on Instagram (Beyond our Horizon). On these social media platforms, you will normally see me post things that never end up on my main project, that is this blog. So why not drop by and say hello, you might be lucky and find content that you will enjoy there as well? So until my next post, stay safe and enjoy life.