Peru’s love affair with the lime starts with ceviche and continues in its potent, refreshing national cocktail, the pisco sour.
This dish from Lima reflects the influence of Chinese immigrants, and is a Peruvian take on the stir-fry. It just took second place in a new list of the Gastronomic Wonders of Peru.
You’ll see posters trumpeting El Sabor del Peru “the taste of Peru” wherever Inca Kola is sold. It’s dominated the Peruvian soft drink market to such an extent that after decades of trying to beat Inca Kola in sales, in the 90’s Coca Cola changed tack and bought a stake in the company.
Ceviche is the pride of Peru and the national dish. Fresh fish “cooked” in lime juice, onion and chilies and served with sweet potato, toasted corn “cancha” and salsa criolla (see below), the dish can feature a range of white saltwater fish, or a mixture of mollusks, scallops, octopus or squid, and there are even delicious vegetarian versions, using mushrooms and soy.