10 typical dishes of the Peruvian coast

With a mild climate and a sea rich in fish and shellfish, the Peruvian coast has a lot to offer in terms of gastronomy. Discover these dishes that will delight your taste buds!

Concha negra ceviche

You probably already know ceviche, this fresh dish made with raw fish marinated in lemon and served with sweet potatoes. Ceviche de conchas negras is a revisited version. Prepared with black shellfish, the dish is generally made up of flageolets, chifles, fried plantains grown in the region or canchita serrana, fried corn. Hyper savory, the appetizer is explosive. This is where other foods play their full role …

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Sudado de pescado

In Peru there is a title attributed to some invigorating preparations: levanta muertos, literally “wake the dead”. No doubt. Fish soup is an effective ally for the after-effects of a drunken evening! Generally cooked whole or in medallions, the fish is seasoned with a note of Peruvian pepper, the ajiand sprinkled with chicha de jora, the Nordic drink par excellence. Typical soup from northern Peru, its name derives from the way the fish is steamed. This is put in a pot and “sweats”.

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parihuela

Another specialty of the Peruvian coast: the parihuela. Consisting of fish and seafood, it is often accompanied by canchita serrana. It also belongs to the category of levanta muertos : this hearty soup topped with a pinch ofaji has enough to wake up more than one! Historians agree that the preparation comes from the port of Callao. Originally, the parihuela was a wooden board used for fishing. Once unusable, the fishermen used it to light the fire and prepare the broth. It also has aphrodisiac properties… Not surprising given the phosphorus content in this seafood stew!

10 typical dishes of the Peruvian coast
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Choritos alla chalaca

If often eaten in soup, mussels can also be served with rice. The crustaceans are served in their shell, the presentation consists of tomatoes and red onions cut into cubes. This colorful preparation is a classic dish of the coast. It is also to the port of Callao that historians attribute his birth to him. “Chalaca” refers to the name of the villages located on the outskirts of Lima called “chalacos”.

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Seco de cabrito or cabrito norteña

For meat lovers, if there is a typical dish of the coast, it is the second of cabrito ! It must be said that the goat is specially bred in the Lambayeque region to be eaten. Accompanied by rice, flageolet and a generous onion and garlic sauce, the meat is tender and particularly tasty. A hot meal that’s good to eat with the family!

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Seco de Chavelo or Chavelo norteño

It is said that the preparation bears the name of its creator: Chavelo. The man would take the green bananas, fried and mash them to mix with dried meat and other foods (onions, tomatoes, aji, chicha de jora …). If you are not sensitive, the game is hung by a thread in the open air for several days, sometimes up to a week … Golden and taut, the meat is then fried. It is accompanied by an appetizing cassava puree, called Majado de Yuca, and fried corn. Be careful not to confuse it with the meat which is a dish in its own right.

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Arroz with pato

Closely related to the Spanish conquest and the creation of rice paddies in the region, this dish was originally served in French dinners in Lima. The secret of the preparation: its broth. Duck bones are topped with cilantro, dark beer, and then chicha de jora. The mixture is then incorporated into the rice and fried duck. Duck rice is served with onion, tomatoes, peas and corn.

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Sopa de novios

The new sofa or boyfriends soup is usually served during exceptional lunches. Made with Creole chicken, bull’s feet, hard-boiled eggs, French bread and noodles, the broth is also accompanied by grain rice and a kid stew. A very complete meal, perfect to give you strength … or the desire to take a nap. You choose !

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Shambar

In the same category, the shambar has something to talk about. This dish itself consists of several stews. Beans, lentils, chickpeas, wheat, broad beans, pork rind, ham, a few mint leaves … and voila, the stomach is full! Generally eaten on Mondays, this preparation is the gastronomic emblem of Trujillo. How come ? It is said that the workers of the city originally ate this soup to strengthen themselves earlier in the week.

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Arroz with Mariscos

With its Creole flavor notes, seafood rice is one of the essential dishes of the coast. Prawns, clams, mussels, octopus … Served on a tray, it is an ideal meal to share with friends or family!

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And to accompany your meals, you can choose the universal cold beer or let yourself be tempted by …

– Batido of Algarroba: this carob juice recalls the taste of milk chocolate with a bitter and caramelized note. The fruit of this tree is a superfood, its pulp is dehydrated to make flour.

– Shisha de Jora: made from malted corn and other varieties, this fermented drink dates back to pre-Columbian times! Traditionally, the grains are chewed and spat into a clay pot for fermentation. So … You’ve been warned! The drink, with a sour and slightly bitter taste, is more like a bittersweet beer without bubbles.

– Clarito: A softer, sweeter version of chicha de jora, this refreshment is also less alcoholic (three to five days of fermentation compared to seven days for chicha). Both drinks are served in a thin wooden bowl shared between guests. But don’t forget … Alcohol abuse is dangerous to health!

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