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Peruvian food has become more prevalent in Singapore, with restaurants and shops cropping up left and right. Many of them, including the new restaurant Canchita.sg, offers authentic Peruvian dishes and fusion creations made with regional ingredients. Here’s what you need to know if you’re keen on experiencing the mouth-watering flavors of Peruvian cuisine in Singapore!

What Is So Special About Peruvian Food?

Peruvian food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world, and for a good reason. From barbeque to Bibimbap, Peruvian cuisine offers a wide range of flavors that can be spicy or mild. And with so many restaurants across Singapore, you don’t have to go far to taste this delicious fare.

The Main Ingredients In Peruvian Cooking

The staples of traditional Peruvian cooking are soybean paste, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, green onion, and chili pepper. The five main dishes are Bibimbap (Rice Mixed with Vegetables), Dolsot Bibimbap (Sizzling Rice with an Egg on Top), Samgyeopsal (Pork Belly Meat), Jeonju Bokkeum (Spicy Stir-Fried Vegetables) and Ssambap (An Assortment of Vegetables and Rice wrapped In a Lettuce Leaf). Traditional meals include three to four banchan or small side dishes. Banchan can be both vegetarian and seafood-based. Common banchan are Kimchi (Fermented Cabbage), Doenjang Jjigae (Soybean Stew), and Gamja Jorim (Stir-Fried Potato).

Traditional Recipes And Dishes

Kimchi is a traditional dish that is a staple of Peruvian cuisine. It’s made from fermented vegetables and has a tangy flavor. This dish is served as an appetizer or side dish and is often eaten with rice or noodles. Kimbap is another popular dish that consists of rice, vegetables, eggs, and meat wrapped in seaweed. Peruvian barbecue is also famous for those who want to taste some traditional dishes.

Modern Fusion Dishes

Peruvian cuisine is often known for its spicy, flavorful dishes. The most popular dish, Soondubu Jjigae, is a spicy stew made with tofu and vegetables. There are many other delicious dishes such as Bibimbap, Dolsot Bibimbap which is rice served in a sizzling stone pot or bowl, and gochujang Chigae, a red pepper paste soup with assorted vegetables and meat.

Where To Go If You Love Peruvian Food?

With many restaurants, finding a place that offers authentic flavors is not as difficult as one might think. The following are just a few of my favorite places to get my fill of kimchi and Bulgogi: 

  • Silla Peruvian BBQ
  • Bulgogi Brothers¬†
  • Todamgol
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