This dish, among a cornucopia of both sweet and savoury dishes, make the northern coast an ideal place to visit.
Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque and La Libertad
The northern regions have a warm climate and seas teeming with fish and seafood. Their most prized dishes include ceviches and sudado stews, which combine ingredients harvested from the sea with sour and spicy flavours, and aromatic herbs that provide fresh and intense flavours. Ceviches are made with fish, seafood or black shellfish, all marinated in lemon juice, hot peppers, salt, and served with onions, sweet potatoes and corn in kernels or on the cob.
Chinguirito is a special type of ceviche made with the salted and dried meat of the guitarfish. Main dishes include sudado de pescado fish stew or steamed fish. Fried cassava, clams with parmesan and chifles (round slices of fried plantain) are great hors d’oeuvres to share. All food in the north is accompanied by an ice-cold beer or chicha de jora corn beer.
Many people in this area raise goats, so seco de cabrito (stewed goat meat) is a common dish. Another dish is the seco de chabelo, prepared with grilled beef and roasted and shredded plantain. Rice with duck, flavoured with dark beer, is also a classic. Sopa teóloga (Priest’s soup), a broth prepared with turkey, and shámbar, another soup prepared with beans, pork and beef, are also emblematic of northern cuisine.
The north, like any region, has its desserts: the popular quince jellies and the King Kong, a huge alfajor cookie filled with pineapple jam and white manjar (caramel).
Aside from restaurants, these flavours can be sampled in chicherias, where the cooking is done over a wood fire and with clay pots, or in “huariques,” famous for their special homemade flavour.
By air: daily flights from Lima to Tumbes, Piura, Chiclayo and Trujillo.
By land: on the Pan-American Highway North to Tumbes (1,268 km), Piura (982 km), Chiclayo (765 km) and Trujillo (560 km).