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Genie Tran

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Must-try foods in Lima, Peru?

A friend of mine and I are going to Machu Picchu at the end of our South American backpacking tour and have decided to check out Lima for a few days. We're curious about what the local food is like there and what we should try. Can anyone give us an idea of what some of the local delicacies are there? We're both pretty adventurous when it comes to food so the more unusual it is, the better. 

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  • Carina Wetzlhütter

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    Hey Genie! Did you go to other places in Peru before coming to Lima? Like Cuzco for example?

    What's totally Limeño though is:

    Ceviche: Raw Fish & other seafoods which are marinated in citrus (mostly lime) juice and then seasoned with aji and spiced with chili. The acid in the juices kind of "cooks" the raw ingredients, which is why they all kind of have a chewy consistency. It mostly comes with corn and sweet potatoes! Delicious, and a bit different from Ceviche in other South American countries!

    Causa: As potatoes are super-popular in Peru (there are like millions of types), causa is a dish made out of mashed potato layers with either avocado, tuna or some kinds of meat. You can get it as a first course or main course, depends on the restaurant!

    Cuy: If you haven't been to any Andean places around Peru where you most likely have tried guinea pig - do it in Lima still. Cuy were "holy" during the Inca reign and still today they make a very special meal!

    Do you need more? Let me know! :)



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    • Genie T.

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      We weren't planning on stopping by Cusco, but we could if there are cool things to see there! I mean, it's not every day we're in Peru! Thank you so much for sharing these dishes. I can't wait! :) · (1 likelikes)

    • Carina W.

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      Great! Well, Cusco is the go-to-point if you want to venture to Machu Picchu and it's also a beautiful city (total mix of Inca and Colonist history). :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Brew Johnson

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    Carina W hit the major food items. Not sure what your budget is, but if you want to try a world class Peruvian-Fusion restaurant, Maido is one of the best restaurants in the world and amazing.

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      Thank you, Brew! I will look into Maido! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Kelly Roth

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    My favorite dish is lomo saltado, basically meat with rice, tomatoes, onions and French fries!

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      These sound so good! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Marietta Uribe

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    You must try Ceviche, it is a typical peruvian food prepared with fish, lemon, oinion, some chili. You may go to Pescados Capitales in Miraflores in Lima

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      Thank you Marietta! I will definitely have some ceviche :) · (1 likelikes)

    • Marietta U.

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      Genie...try to go to Barranco, is very close from Miraflores...is really nice little place...enjoy it. · (1 likelikes)

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      Thanks again! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Kurt Holle

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    Try ceviches and tiraditos for fish.

    Anticuchos and lomo saltado for beef.

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      Yum! Thank you Kurt! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Jonathan Camere

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    One of my personal favorites is Cau-Cau which is tripe served with potatoes with a yellow aji sauce. Which is not spicy.... but very tasty. You can also try Causa...

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      Yum! I will try to look for this. Thank you Jonathan! · (0 likelikes)

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    You have to definitelly try anticuchos somewhere on the street which are usually the best ones!

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  • Gisela Sánchez

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    Without a doubt another recommended dish of the rich Peruvian gastronomy is tacu tacu. A dough made of rice, legume served with meat and eggs. If you're able to finish it, you'll have energy for the whole day.

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  • Lorraine Moore

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    picarones (sweet potato doughnuts), papas a la huancaina, plantain and sweet potato crisps, Inca Kola, limonada,must try a pisco sour,anticuchos (beef heart spiced and grilled),try Papachos in Miraflores who serve great Peruvian styled hamburgers, go to El Salto de Fraile Restaurant in Chorrillos- enacting a local legend, a monk dives off the cliff near the restaurant (give them a great tip when they drip into the restaurant for donations), the restaurant in Huaca Pucllana is great to go for a good night out-food is good and the pre-Incan ruins are lit up for you to view as you eat.Suspiro de limena dessert (Lima women's sighs) -which is a caramel tart with flavoured meringue-however beware that the meringue is uncooked if you have an egg intolerance.Lucuma and camu camu fruits-you definitely won't starve in Lima

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  • Jeff Mills

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    I am filling in the two gaps I see:

    1. Pollo a la Brasa - peru’s rotisserie chicken. Pardos are everywhere in Lima and pretty damn good.

    2. Alpaca. Similar to beef, but a bit more tender and subtle in flavor. It is really delicious.

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  • Gustavo Andrés Ibarra

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    Hi Genie, a similar yet super useful answer was posted here:

    http://www.trippy.com/question/Lima-Peru-What-are-some-great-unmissable-spots-in-Lima

    I'm sure it will complement all of the above.

    Have a nice trippy :)

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      Thank you Gustavo! · (0 likelikes)

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