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Monday, September 16, 2013

Peruvian Comfort Food: Chupe de Camerones

During the first wk of september I paid a visit to a city in Southern Peru called Arequipa. I know that when the average person thinks of Peru they think of Macchu Picchu. But Arequipa with its eternal sun, rich gastronomic scene, horseback riding and river rafting is one of Peru's premier destinations as well.

Being one of the country's gastronomic capitals, I simply could not resist instagraming my food findings. Most people wouldn't know what to expect since Arequipa is not highly marketed as a destination. So it was interesting to see the reactions I got from people over different pics of foods.

Out of all the food pics I took this one got the most reaction on all my social networks fb twitter instagram. Since so much interested seems to be generated in it I've decided to highlight this dish known as "Chupe de Camerones" literally translated "To Suck Shrimp"

It is every bit as delicious as it looks and the plate is just as big as it appears to be. One day I am gonna write a blog on travel and ending up with massive portions. One of the greatest mysteries of peruvian cuisine is how they take ingrediants you wouldn't think go together and make magic out of it. If someone had told me they were concoct an amazing crayfish stew with corn, eggs, shrimp I would have laughed. But one spoonful of that zesty flavorful crayfish stew and I was an instant believer. 

Chupe de Camerones definitely ranks up there as a favorite when it comes to Peruvian comfort food. And the good news is that the dish can definitely be recreated. Here is a link to a food blog with a recipe:

A Peruvian Favorite: Chupe de Camerones (Shrimp Soup)

And here is another link to a recipe on how to create "Chupe de Camerones" in the comfort of your own home....

Chupe de Camarones (Shrimp Chupe) - Our Champion Soup

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