So many global influences exist in London’s restaurant scene that most can claim to be represented in some shape or form. But every now and then, one cuisine lights up menus like wildfire.
If we told you a mere five years ago that a Peruvian craze was just around the corner; that soon you’d be feasting on tuna ceviches and drinking pisco sours, you might have been a little suspicious. Most people couldn’t even name a Peruvian dish, let alone say they’d eaten one.
There are now at least six Peruvian brands in Central London alone.
Fast forward to 2016 and it’s conceivable that seeing guinea pig on London restaurant menu wouldn’t even kick up much of a fuss. Peruvian food has become so popular that there are now at least six Peruvian brands in Central London alone, including a Peruvian-Japanese cross over!
In case you haven’t had the chance to try London’s Peruvian food since the trend took off in 2012, let us fill you in.
Peru has an incredibly diverse natural landscape. In terms of diet, fish features prominently in the form of ceviche – raw fish marinated in acidic juices and full of fresh flavour.
It also has an incredibly diverse history, with people coming from Asia, North America, Europe and Africa, all bringing their favourite recipes with them and trying to recreate them with Peru’s native ingredients.
All of the above means that Peruvian food is a natural fusion cuisine, and from Korrito’s Korean burritos to Shackfuyu’s Asian-style American food, there’s nothing London loves more than an exciting fusion menu.
Another thing that has helped Peru’s cuisine flourish in London is that it’s native, traditional ingredients happen to be insanely popular at the moment.
It might be no coincidence than the quinoa craze started around the same time as Peruvian food arrived in London. This food bloggers’ favourite is native to Peru and used in many traditional dished as the staple carb.
Exotic tubers and root vegetables are also popular in Peruvian cooking. London was well prepared for more tubers on their menus after the success of the sweet potato fries now ubiquitous at every burger joint, and plantain, a staple of London’s long-established West African and Caribbean dining culture. Peru’s Yacón found good company among these London favourites and also has a great markup on restaurateur menus as an exotic but cheap vegetable.
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