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Like many other cultures, Peruvian cuisine is a rich hodge-podge of influences

The influx of immigrants was introduced the flavours from China, Italy, West Africa and Japan. For a quick sampling of what this Latin American country offers on its tables, here are some of the food and beverages that Peruvians enjoy:

Anticuchos. A popular street food is made of small pieces of marinated meat (most popular is the beef heart) and grilled. They typically come with a boiled potato or corn on the skewer’s end, like a shish kabob.

Butifarras. Peru’s version of the ham sandwich, except this, is made with a bread roll similar to the hamburger bun, and the ham is a processed meat product to which is added a spicy sauce of sliced onions, chilli peppers, lime, salt, pepper and oil.

Ceviche peruvian food. A simple dish made with fresh sliced fish or any seafood marinated in lime or lemon, sliced onions, salt and chilli. The citrus marinade cooks or “pickles” the fish making it unnecessary to use heat or fire. In Peru, ceviche is typically served with slices of cold sweet potatoes or corn.

Chicha Morada. A sweet, cold and unfermented homemade drink prepared from purple corn (maize Morado) and boiled with pineapple rind, cinnamon and clove.

Lomo Saltado. Another local staple made with sliced beef stir-fried with onions, tomatoes, soy sauce, vinegar and chilli and served with French fried potatoes and rice.

Tamales. The tamales, another popular Peru food, is a traditional savoury dish made with masa (a corn-based meal), filled with all kinds of favourite ingredients such as meat, cheese, vegetables, chillies, then wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. Depending on the region or village in Peru, the tamales may be wrapped in corn husks and bigger or smaller.