Chupe de Camarones – Peruvian Food

Chupe de Camarones – Peruvian Food

The Moche people of Northern Peru held freshwater crayfish or camarones to be sacred, and they appear in artwork found in Sipan and at sites around Trujillo. Seafood soups featuring camarones are popular throughout coastal Peru, with the picanterias of Arequipa specializing in mountainous collections of the crayfish in this opaque, spicy broth.

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  • 1 kg of camarones (river crayfish)
  • ½ kg peeled yellow potatoes
  • 1 cup of peas 1 choclo (corn) cut into rounds
  • ¼ cup of rice
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of powdered chili (aji panca)
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 beaten eggs (or 1 raw egg per serving bowl)
  • 100 gms fresh cheese
  • Salt, pepper and oregano to taste

Clean the crayfish and keep the coral (the yellow matter behind the brain) aside for use in the soup. Fry the rest of the crayfish in a large pot with the onion, garlic, chili salt and pepper. Once they are done, set them aside. Collect the corals and dissolve in a small amount of water, then strain. Add two liters of water. When it starts to boil, add the corn, peas and rice.

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When the vegetables are half done, add the potatoes and when they are half done, add the crayfish for the last time. Add the fresh cheese and two beaten eggs, and the oregano. Or drop a raw egg into each serving bowl, it will cook in the hot soup. At the last minute add milk and serve. Serves six.

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Authored by: Rick Hind

Rick Hind is an Australian journalist who took the plunge two years ago with his partner Anna to explore a new continent and learn Spanish along the way. In the last two years he’s trekked in the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash, explored the Amazon in an open canoe, hiked through Patagonia, tangoed in Buenos Aires and learned to surf in Lima. Peruvian cuisine has captured his heart, and he’s still trying to master ceviche, rocoto relleno and make the perfect pisco sour.

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  1. Quicklivery at 2:22 am

    Peru food is very elegant! Dishes are great and well prepared!

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