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Two Traditional Peruvian Foods To Try In Lima

By Melissa Zhang | Aug. 20, 2019, 11:13 a.m. (ET)

Heading to Peru with Team USA for the 2019 Pan American Games? Make sure to bring an empty stomach! Lima is celebrated as one of the culinary capitals of Latin America, and offers plenty of delicious foods to try. From traditional dishes passed down from generation to generation, to vibrant new fusions inspired by the many cultures within the community, Peruvian restaurants are not to be missed during your trip to Lima. Take a look at two of the most well-known, popular dishes that Peru has to offer:

  • Ceviche
    A photo of ceviche, a traditional Peruvian dish
    Ceviche is the most famous dish that comes to mind when you talk of Peruvian food. It is very much a traditional staple of Peru. Ceviche has many variations but typically consists of chunks of raw marinated white fish cured in lemon or lime juices, spiced with chili and seasoned with salt. It is then served with sliced onions, cilantro, and sometimes tomato. Typical sides for Ceviche include camote (creamy sweet potato), cancha (dry-roasted corn kernels), vegetables, lettuce, tamales, avocado or plantain. Information from Travel Food Atlas


  • Lomo saltado
  • A photo of lomo saltado, a traditional Peruvian dish
  • Lomo saltado dish represents a fusion of Chinese stir frying and classic Peruvian ingredients. Juicy strips of soy-marinated beef (or alpaca), onions, tomatoes, aji chilies, and other spices are stir-fried until the beef is just cooked and the tomatoes and onions start to form a robust, meaty gravy. It's then served with two starches, a happy mix of East and West: a mound of rice and french fries (often tossed with the meat). The crowd-pleasing dish is found nearly everywhere across Peru, and is equally popular in Peruvian restaurants abroad. Information from Serious Eats