Peruivian food is becoming world famous for being a fusion of native cuisines, European styles, and some ingredients imported from Asia. Living in rural Peru for two months, I ate a TON of local food occasionally supplemented by home cooking. Eating lunch out was so cheap. It would have cost me more to make food at home, when a 4-course meal only costs $1.75. Want to see what I ate?
Finding Peruvian Food Again, At Home, On My Computer
The dishes themselves are unique in terms of the herbs and spices, as well as simplicity, while the flavors are strong and fresh. I swear I never had the same mate (tea) from a restaurant more than twice in my time there, and that truth lends itself to a practical study of exactly how many different greens they brew up.
During this time, right after Christmas and just before New Year’s, it is weirdly difficult for me to find food to eat. I’m a flexitarian, meaning I’m mostly vegetarian, but will eat meat very occasionally if there are no other options. But, you say, most of the foods I have in this slideshow contain meat.
So now I really have a hankering for Aji de Gallina or Lomo Saltado, and I can’t find any that I’d eat here. I’m missing the cheap delicious food of Latin America, especially the Peruvian dishes and the friendliness served with each plate. In Quito, Ecuador one could find a nice lunch with juice and soup and an entree for $3 or $4. In Cusco and surrounding areas it was $1.50 or $2 for the same deal, sometimes adding in a tiny appetizer and dessert as well.
Finding these places was a matter of being able to speak enough Spanish to ask the proprietor what the dish of the day was, and being willing to eat what the locals eat. I eat like this in Latin America, and I’ve never had problems, so I’d remove that worry immediately. All the places I ate at were consistently good, and very straight-forward with their prices. The dishes themselves are unique in terms of the herbs and spices, as well as simplicity, while the flavors are strong and fresh. I swear I never had the same mate (tea) from a restaurant more than twice in my time there, and that truth lends itself to a practical study of exactly how many different greens they brew up.
To eat these 4-course meals, ajust ask around with locals as to the usual prices for a menu del dia for almuerzo at a local restaurant. Feel free to name a price equal to $3USD or $4USD when asking so that you’re sure you’re looking for the real local fare. Be aware that a place like Buenos Aires, Argentina is probably going to have more like $5USD almuerzos versus Sucre, Bolivia where they’ll be around $2. Here are some of the cheap local lunches I enjoyed in Peru.
And if you decide not to eat at the local joints, there are a ton of touristy places which offer stupendous food, albeit at 5-10 times the price. These are their stories.
Latin American coffee is also on offer throughout the continent, and is especially popular if the beans were sourced locally.
Now I’m still hungry, but at least my cravings are specific. What has been your favorite dish that you’ve eaten abroad?