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Peru's 'Ceviche' among the most popular dishes in the world

13:44 | Lima, Mar. 13.

There is no doubt 'Ceviche' is Peruvian cuisine's most representative dish around the world, which explains why TasteAtlas has ranked it 17th among the top 100 most popular dishes worldwide.


TasteAtlas —known as the world atlas of food and drinks as well as the encyclopedia of flavors— notes the originality and simplicity of Peru's flagship dish in a brief description available on its site.

"Ceviche is the national dish of Peru consisting of slices of raw fish or shellfish that is spiced with salt, onions, and chili peppers, then marinated in lime juice," reads the dish description.


"Due to the acidity of lime juice, the texture of the fish changes, as does its color –from pink to white. The acidic marinade, also known as Leche de Tigre (lit. Tiger's Milk) 'cooks' the meat without any heat involved in the process," it adds.


The online publication tells the story of Peru's national dish and its culinary enrichment with ingredients brought from Europe.

Ceviche is a centuries-old delicacy, which is believed to have originated in the Tallan civilization —developed in northern Piura region— more than 2,000 years ago.

The dish was also made by the Mochicas, who marinated fresh fish in the juices of a native citrus fruit called Tumbo.

The preparation was different during the Inca Empire, as fish was marinated in chicha —the sacred drink of the Incas— which derived from corn fermentation.

Other variations emerged with the Hispanic presence, but it was in the mid-twentieth century that a new way to make Ceviche became known in Lima —a recipe that still shines in the Peruvian capital and all over the world.


The dish is traditionally served at cevicherias, specialized Ceviche restaurants that can be found all over the country, and it is so popular that it even has its day, known as National Ceviche Day.

The website also offers information on the types of Ceviche, a list of 16 eateries to eat the best Ceviche in the globe, and comments from foodies worldwide.

Additional food and drink-related lists can be found at the site: The Most Popular Peruvian Dishes, the Most Popular Peruvian Ingredients and Food Products, the Most Popular Peruvian Drinks, and Food Festivals in Peru.


For instance, the most popular Peruvian dishes include Tiradito, Leche de Tigre, Lomo Saltado, Anticucho, Pollo a la Brasa, Salchipapa, Tacu Tacu, Cau Cau, Butifarra, Rocoto Relleno, Aji de Gallina, Juane, Arroz Chaufa, Pachamanca, Papa Rellena, Picarones, among others.

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Published: 3/13/2019
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