A fusion of foods in the Peruvian restaurants in London
Owing to a long history of cultural changes, Peruvian is considered to be one of the first fusion cuisines, and that’s long before fusion became the trend it is today. The cuisine blends the foods of the country’s indigenous peoples – such as potatoes, quinoa, lima beans, chile peppers, sweet potatoes – with that of the Spanish conquistadors of the 16th century, of African slaves forcibly brought over during the years of the slave trade, and in more recent years, of Japanese and Chinese immigrants. Perhaps the most well-known traditional food you’ll find in London’s Peruvian restaurants is ceviche, a refreshing dish made using raw fish, lemon or lime juice, chilli peppers and spices. There are many variations of this tasty dish, with some varieties incorporating herbs like cilantro and vegetables like onions or corn to add a different bite. Ceviche isn’t only popular in Peru. In fact, you’ll find this dish in countries all over South America and the Caribbean. After all, it’s the perfect dish for cooling off in hot weather, and even during the summer it provides a cooling break from the heat of the Peruvian restaurants in London.