We have already mentioned Japanese-Peruvian cuisine before, but we had not delved into it.
What could have been temporary population displacements became a large number permanent? Today we will tell you a small history of Japanese gastronomy in Peru, read more
History of Japanese gastronomy in Peru
During the Meiji era (1868 – 1912), Japan underwent changes that led many peasants to abandon their lands in flight from high taxes and unemployment. In 1897 the Japanese empire agreed with the government of Peru the arrival in the Andean country of Japanese agricultural workers who would settle on the coast. It is the beginning of the meeting of the Peruvian and Japanese cultures.
The first wave of immigrants arrived in 1899. Over time, thousands settled there, trying to preserve their customs are gradually incorporating also aspects of Peruvian culture, especially in terms of gastronomy. Giving rise to what is known today as the “Nikkei cuisine.”
The Japanese, in their attempt to cook the dishes with which they were fed in their lands. Began to adopt them because they did not have all the ingredients and the Peruvian products, Creole, little by little, they made replacement in those elaborations changing even techniques. The fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine sustained in time, practiced by thousands of people, crystallized during the twentieth century with its entity. Raw fish and peppers shook hands. Tempura tuna and quinoa were united in tasty communion.
Dishes of the Japanese fusion:
Kamaboko Ceviche: kamaboko prepared with a citrus sauce and accompanied by two types of Peruvian corn.
Tiradito: fish strips reminiscent of sashimi, accompanied by a sauce that combines soybeans, Peruvian rocoto, and lemon.
Papas Raimi: boiled potatoes accompanied by the mild flavor of four different sauces (ají, oliva, hierba huacatay, and rocoto).
Cau Cau: potatoes with mondongo cooked with yellow pepper. A dish that usually accompanies rice, and can also be combined with other meats or seafood.
Pescado al sillao: Fish cooked in soy sauce, known in Peru as “sillao.”
In the city of Lima, you can get a variety of restaurants with this Japanese cuisine. A mixture of ingredients from both countries that result in inexplicable and exquisite flavors.
Visit our restaurant and try some of this Japanese-Peruvian fusion!
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