In recent years, Peru has become a worldwide reference for the culinary tourism thanks to its diverse and delicious food. The country's cuisine has been shaped by a rich history, because of the large amount of natural resources with which the country and especially for the diverse cultural influences that have occurred as a result of the various migrations that the country has had in particular the chinese, japanese, and Italian.
Within the most famous dishes is ceviche, a dish of raw fish marinated in juices of lemon acid and seasoned with salt, paprika, pepper and onion. It is believed that the dish originated in the north coast of Peru, where the abundance of fresh seafood, it became a popular choice for the local fishermen. Today, the ceviche is served in restaurants throughout the country and has become one of the Dishes Flag.
Another dish must-see is the Lomo Saltado, a dish made with beef, onion, tomato and spices flambé with in a short time with vinegar and soy sauce. This preparation has influences from both peruvian and as a chinese, the product of the immigration china to the country in the NINETEENTH century, who brought with them their cooking methods with much fire. The lomo saltado is usually served with rice and chips, making it a food that fills not only the stomach but also your heart.
The peruvian cuisine is also heavily influenced by the native communities of the country. A clear example is that of the Cause, a dish made on the basis of a kind of mashed potato seasoned with salt, yellow pepper, oil and lemon. This puree is used as a base and lid and features a filling that is usually made from chicken or tuna, to decorate the dish is usually used avocado, boiled egg and sprigs of cilantro.
Another popular dish with roots is the Anticucho, made on the basis of heart of beef, marinated with vinegar, aji panca paste, spices and cooked on the grill. It is usually served with potatoes sancochadas, corn and a chili sauce spicy.
The peruvian cuisine has an extensive list of dishes one tastier than the other, of which we will be sharing soon.
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Why Lima is known as The City of Kings?
Lima, is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It was founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and has been called many things throughout its history, but the title that most endures is the "City of Kings". But, why is it called Lima and what is the story behind?
There are different versions about because Lima takes the name City of The Kings, the most well-known references that Francisco Pizarro began a search of the ideal place to establish the capital of the Viceroyalty January 6; the day on which catholics celebrate the Epiphany (with the arrival of the Magi to the manger of Bethlehem), and some of the other indicated it was in honor of the Kings of Spain. Whatever has been the reason why it was decided to christen the city with this title, during the colonial period, the city of Lima became the center of the festivities of the Epiphany in South america. The Magi were the patrons of the city and the festival is celebrated with great pomp.
The celebration of the Epiphany in Lima became an opportunity for the inhabitants of the city to display their wealth and power. The feast was extended for several days and were parades, bullfighting, processions and dances. The nobility and the local authorities were organized by gala balls and banquets at their homes to show their wealth and status. The city is filled with visitors from other parts of South america and Europe, and Lima became one of the cities most important of South America.
With time, the title "City of the Kings" became the official name of Lima. The name was formalized in the SEVENTEENTH century and since then it has been used as the official name of the city. Although the celebration of the Epiphany has lost some of its importance over the years, the name is still used as the official name of the city and reflects the rich history and culture of Lima. If you have the chance to visit it, be sure to explore its historic centre with TURIBUSvisit museums and try out delicious cuisine.