Around the world soup is the ultimate comfort food. It makes us feel home, nourishes, revitalizes, strengthens, warms and just makes us better. In Peru it is even more than this; it's part of the Peruvian culinary history and tradition. They eat soup at home as the main dish, in some areas as breakfast or as delicious starter.
We assume that there are around 2000 different soups in Peru. This variety reflects the rich biodiversity of Peru with its three main geographical zones (the coast, the Andean highland and the jungle) and the fusion of influences from different times and immigrant cultures. As in the whole Peruvian cuisine, each region has its own native or adapted ingredients using it for distinct soups.
Is Sopa Criolla and Sopa a la Minuta the same soup? Or two different soups with the same base? As even Peruvian chefs seem unable to agree on this topic, we couldn't find out and really don't want to be caught in the middle. Fact is that this Peruvian classic was brought to Peru by Italian immigrants and is one of these Peruvian comfort foods th...
Aguadito de Pollo, a delicious, hearty and spicy chicken soup, can probably be named Peru's national soup. Served around the country, this traditional soup contains large pieces of chicken, yellow potatoes (papas amarillas), aji amarillo (yellow pepper), onions, peas, corn and rice. The main ingredient surely is cilantro giving the soup its dist...
Known in Lima as sancochado, in Cusco as timpu and in Arequipa as puchero, this hearty soup was already prepared in pre-Hispanic times and later influenced by the Madrilenian cuisine that came to Peru with Spanish immigrants.
As the name already suggests the Peruvian Menestrón is an adaption of the Italian Minestrone which came to Peru with the first Italian immigrants. Over time the preparation and ingredients of this Italian classic were "peruvianized" and today the Peruvian Menestrón hasn't got a lot in common anymore with the Italian original.
Located at 3000 m (about 10,000 feet) above sea level at the top of the Barreta plateau overlooking the Utcubamba Valley in northern Peru, the Kuelap complex is not only a prime example of the architectural style of the Chachapoyas culture, but also the largest stone monument in South America...
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