On a mission to buy some stuff to better equip my kitchen, a friend and I headed to Mercado de Surquillo to get stuff on the cheap.
Once inside, I noticed a fruit that I’ve wondered about since I arrived in Lima, having seen it in a few different markets. I asked the lady what it’s called and how it’s served. She said it’s called a chirimoya, and served in a juice or milkshake. I ordered the milkshake for 9 soles.
It had a light taste, and not unlike a banana milkshake. I imagine a lil splash of vanilla would have been a great addition.
For lunch we stopped at a ceviche stall in the market called El Cevichano. I ordered the Ceviche con Causa (26 soles) and my friend ordered the Leche de Tigre (16 soles).
Causa is a potato-based Peruvian dish that is very similar to polenta in texture and presentation. Today it was served cold as a roll and stuffed with a mayo and fish salad (like a tuna salad).
Both dishes were amazing – I had a couple pieces of his fried fish, which was cooked to perfection.
After lunch we wandered around the market so I could take pics of the exotic fruit and wares.
The tropical fruit came in every colour and size, and I’m going to have to learn more about Peruvian selection of fruits and vegetables – especially the varieties of potatoes. Yum.