I talked to my Peruvian friend yesterday about her favorite Peruvian dishes, and she talked non-stop for at least an hour listing all her favorite dishes and a description of them all. Not that I wasn’t interested in Peruvian food before, but this experience made me want to seek out Peruvian food in all its glorious forms from Ceviches to Pollo a la brassa!! Even just the list of ingredients I never heard of made me wonder what else I have been missing out in life. Annatto seeds , Peruvian black mint (called Huacatay) or Aji Amarillo peppers are all staples in seasoning Peruvian food!
Today we will discuss a simple, yet decadent dish called Papa A La Huancaina, a potato dish with a cheesy, peppery sauce. One of the popular stories of how the dish came about can be traced as far back in the late 1800s, when the train connecting Huancayo to Lima city was being constructed. It was said that women vendors would go around the site, selling their wares to the hungry workers. There was one specific lady who was offering a unique dish made of boiled potatoes topped with a cheese-like sauce, along with some egg slices. The dish became a crowd favorite, and come lunchtime, the workers would ask, “A que hora llega la papa de la Huancaina?” meaning, “What time will the lady with the potatoes from Huancayo arrive?”
Now, let’s try making this dish that is surprisingly easy that yields absolutely irresistible results. Here is a recipe that can be trusted.
And, I can’t finish this article without mentioning the Peruvian Brothers. One of our team members at Hansa One has continued on to have a successful food truck business in Washington DC with his brother. Do check out their delicious selections from their menu.
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