They start off every meal with fried corn and pisac sours. We aren’t drinkers, but appreciated the gesture and commitment to have tourists try many authentic Peruvian food staples.
We also learned we love the lemonade, which has a bit of mint added. We started ordering a pitcher at every meal.
We wanted to start with something safe. Quinoa is a staple there, and the quinoa con leche was seriously some of the best stuff we’ve ever had! We’ve been on the search for this recipe ever since- quinoa, cheese, various spices, and milk are divine!
We feel so lucky that after being immersed in Spanish it came back to us, and we were able to really enjoy the people. We had a good chat with the waiter who was studying English and hospitality, and he asked if he could take us back to the kitchen and show us how they prepare cuy, so he could practice his English. We were happy to oblige! It was quite the adventure to head back and see how they are deep fry them whole with stones to weigh them down and add flavor.
The verdict: It really does taste like sweeter chicken! We could only do a piece each, and then we were ready to go get some hot chocolate to fill us up and clean our palate after the unusual experience. I’m glad we tried it though- it’s a must for visiting Peru!
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