National Dish of Peru – Peruvian Ceviche
|Ono / mahi mahi / blue nosed bass (diced)
|1 ½ lb.
|small red onion (peeled and slivered)
|cup lime juice
|ají Amarillo sauce
|habanero chili pepper (seeded, thinly sliced)
|cilantro leaves (chopped)
Peruvian Ceviche is a delectable dish of raw fish cured in citrus juices and flavored with peppers and other seasonings. Essentially it is a type of fish salad. The acid in the citrus juice denatures the protein in the fish, giving it a cooked texture. It originated as a way for fishermen to eat some of their freshly caught fish while they were spending long days at sea. Ceviche is the national dish of Peru and there are many variations of the dish within the country. The dish is typically served with sweet potato, lettuce, and corn.
Directions for Preparing Peruvian Ceviche
- Place the cubes of fish and onions in a bowl together, top with cold water, then rinse and drain.
- Pat the fish dry and return to the bowl with the onions.
- Season the fish and onions with salt and mix well.
- Add the ají Amarillo sauce, sliced habanero pepper, and lime juice.
- Stir the Ceviche, then cover and place in the refrigerator for about twenty (0:20) minutes.
- Add the chopped cilantro leaves and mix the cold Ceviche before serving.
- Divide the Ceviche into four and place each into serving bowls.
- Serve with butter lettuce, sweet potatoes, and boiled sweet corn.
Famous Peruvian Drink
Caliente: is a herbal tea with white rum, and is served hot during celebrations
Chicha de Jora: is an alcoholic drink made from corn that is fermented
Chicha Morada: This is a refreshing soft drink made from boiled purple corn, sugar, and spices.
Coca Tea or Mate de Coca: is a tea made from the leaves of the coca plant.
Fresh Fruit Drinks: Peru has a wide variety of fruits, so if you get a good “jugueria” you will have lots of options to choose from.
Coffee: Peru is the world’s largest producer of organic coffee. The cafe drink is made by pouring boiling hot water over freshly ground coffee.
Wines: Peru has a wide variety of wines, and they are very inexpensive.
Emoliente: This is a popular drink in Peru and is often sold by street vendors. The drink is a thick, viscous tea, and is served hot.
Inca Kola: the Peruvian Coca-Cola. It is bright yellow and has its own unique flavor.
Pisco Sour. Is an alcoholic drink made of egg white, Pisco, a Peruvian (a kind of brandy), and other ingredients.