Anyone who has ever been to Peru or the capital, Lima, can get a vivid picture of the presence of street food in this South American culture. It is no exaggeration to say that Street Food is part of the Peruvian street culture, or that sometimes mobile supports shape the street scene like no other. If you walk through the lively neighborhoods of Lima and also along the places of interest, you will quickly get the typical ‘Carritos’ (small stands) in front of the camera lens. The offer is very wide and varied, so there is a new taste experience for every European palate. In this article some highlights of the taste of street food in Lima are presented.
Skepticism vs. Curiosity: easy access to street food in Lima?
Whether fruits, fresh baked goods and fresh desserts, grilled meats, snacks like popcorn or typical regional drinks: directly in the Peruvian capital, Lima, street food is presented in its full variety and stimulating flavor. Only the view of many steps awakens curiosity. And when the aroma of the unknown delicacies rises in the nose, one or the other of the tourists will gladly stand by the line. By the way, the long lines are a test of freshness and quality. In Lima, many locals use street foods as a welcome snack in the middle. The locals know better than the street food scene can remember a long tradition. Therefore, it is not uncommon for posts to be held for generations, so recipes and secret ingredients are passed on from generation to generation. The importance of street food stalls in Peru can be seen in the fact that this issue acquires a clearly visible status in relevant fairs.
Street food in Lima from A to Z: a little taste
At the top of the alphabet, as well as on the street food hit list, there are traditional anticuchos in Lima. The tasty meat skewers are freshly made and grilled on the street. In addition to beef hearts, beef and chicken pieces, fresh vegetables are also skewered. As a snack to go, anticuchos are wonderful, because the spit can be nibbled while running with relish. In Lima, you will quickly notice how popular Anticuchos are among the Peruvians themselves, because dozens of people often frolick around the partly large grilling grates.