Eating a croissant…
Expectation: Fancy and french
Reality: Crumb apocalypseUnknown
It’s back for part 2! Here are 5 more countries and the food they are known for. Grab a snack before you start reading because you’re definitely going to get hungry after reading this one. In cased you missed my previous post, check it out here!
- Lomo saltado– This was on the menu at every single restaurant we went to and it was delicious. It is basically a stir fry with strips of meat, onions, and tomatoes and is served with french fries. There are over 3,000 species of potatoes and Peru specializes in potatoes like no other country. Forget your diet, please get the fries.
- Cuy– Guinea pig is on the menu here. Sorry American kids. You can get them served as a small steak, friend and served whole, or even on a stick like a kebab. It tastes a little game-y and wasn’t my favorite but it is somewhat of a tourist right of passage to eat this and a traditional meal! Do it for the culture.
- Ceviche– This is one of Peru’s most famous meals. This country has so much coastline it would be a crime if they weren’t known for their seafood. The way it’s prepared and the ingredients are unique to Peru. It is made with lemon juice, fish, potatoes, and more!
- Feijoada– With its Portuguese roots, it comes as no surprise that some of its traditional food has become a staple of Brazil. Feijoada is the national dish of Brazil and is a hearty stew that contains pork, black beans, spices, and more. Traditionally it is served over rice with orange slices! Sounds ridiculously delicious!
- Picanha– This cut of meat is the sirloin or rump in English. The meat gets its name from Portuguese ranchers who then brought their technique to the New World. The meat is used in a wide variety of dishes and is considered to be the best cut above all others.
- Moqueca– I hope you aren’t sick of seafood because this dish is not one you should miss. This fish and coconut stew takes different forms throughout the country but is a must-taste everywhere you go in Brazil.
- Locro— I’m a sucker for a good stew and this one is at the top of my list to try. It is one of the national dishes of Argentina and several other countries, so you know it has to be delicious. The stew contains corn, beans, and potatoes or pumpkin.
- Asados— Meat, meat and more meat. Argentinians love grilled meat and oh man can they cook it. Think the Argentinian version of a barbecue. But please, don’t get them confused. Asados are cooked with just an open flame on a grill. No gas. No fancy cooking methods. None are needed with these flavors!
- Empanadas— Since arriving centuries ago, the empanada can now be found everywhere. In Argentina, the empanada is made from a flour-based tortilla compared to the corn-based in surrounding countries. They can be baked or fried and are filled with a variety of meats and vegetables!
- Chivito— Say hello to the national dish of Uruguay. Tender cooked beef steak paired with mozzarella, tomatoes, mayo, olives, egg, bacon, and ham stacked on a bun and served as a sandwich…HOW DOES THIS NOT MAKE YOUR MOUTH WATER? I forgot to mention it’s served with french fries. See you soon Uruguay. Goodbye waistline.
- Noquis— Pasta is king in this South American country. The 29th of every month is national Noquis Day. It is the Uruguayan equivalent of gnocchi and is a food that brings family and friends together each month. The date honors Saint Pantaleo and is also said to be rooted from payday. When money was tight at the end of the month, coquis was a cheap and easy meal to make until the next paycheck.
- Caruso Sauce— This sauce originated in Uruguay to honor Enrico Caruso, a famous Italian tenor. This sauce contains cream, ham, cheese, nuts, mushrooms, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Served over pasta this plate is a dream for your mouth.
- Pastel de Choclo– This traditional dish is a beef and corn casserole also contains onions, raisins, olives, and chicken. To top off the dish a layer of creamed choclo corn is added across the entire casserole. This layer caramelizes in the oven and turns into a salty sweet combo.
- Porotos Granados– Do you love stew? How about stew with cranberries, maize kernels, and squash? You’re going to want to taste this incredibly unique and flavorful dish. The name of the dish comes from quechua and aymara words for beans and cranberries.
- Completo– You think you’ve seen the mother of all hot dogs, but unless you’ve seen the completo in Chile you have not lived. Sausage, tomato, avocado, mayo, and sauerkraut abound. You can find this nearly everywhere, especially from street vendors. There are a bunch of different kinds but the completo is the original and should be tasted with enthusiasm.