Hispanic Heritage Food Tour
When people think of Peruvian food their minds will almost automatically think of Ceviche as it’s one of Peru’s most loved foods but Peruvian cuisine has lots more to offer and you will be surprised with flavors that include Asian fusion demonstrating such cross-cultural mingling. And the best part is that you can get a taste of it right here in Pennsylvania.
When I asked the owner, Andy Celino what motivated him to open a Peruvian restaurant here in Harrisburg? He said; “It was simple, there were no others”. He also stated he had to drive to NJ to get good Peruvian food, I can attest to that because that is what I used to do.
If you ask me what is my favorite Peruvian dish? I will honestly tell you that there are too many to list. But let’s start with a few: First I love Ceviche it’s a lemon marinated fish & seafood dish with lots of onions. I also love their seafood fried rice, called Chaufa de Mariscos (it’s like Asian seafood fried rice but with a twist), their fried mixed seafood is called Jalea, their Rotisserie chicken, is called Pollo a la Brasa. There are other items such as their Spaghetti in Basil sauce with steak or breaded chicken called Tallarines Verdes.
I’ve never been to Peru, but it is on my bucket list. I always say the way to learn about other countries’ cultures is through the belly. In the meantime, I invite you to visit Quechua’s; the restaurant is named for the term that refers to several indigenous groups living in South America who speak the language of Quechua.
Even though Andy has lived half of his life here in the states he often connects back home to make sure that he is keeping up with the gastronomy of his country and bringing those flavors back here to us. You won’t be disappointed. If you are not a seafood person, just ask for their rotisserie chicken and fried rice and make sure to ask for their Aji Verde, it’s a spicy, herby delicious dipping sauce. Long live Peruvian gastronomy!
Rosa Julia Parra