South American Cuisine

The Amazonia region of South America provides a plethora of fresh fish and tropical fruits. In Peru the Inca Empire (Tahuantinsuyu) and Incan cuisine contribute to the nation's overall cuisine. Potatoes are common, and also plants such as quinoa. The Pacific Ocean provides a large amount of seafood. Many plains also are on this continent, which are rich for growing food in abundance. In the Patagonia region south of Chile and Argentina, many people produce lamb and venison. King crab is typically caught at the southern end of the continent. Antarctic krill has just recently been discovered and is now another food source. Tuna and tropical fish are caught all around the continent; Easter Island is a notable area where they are found in abundance. Lobster is also caught in great quantities from Juan Fernández. In Brazil the most traditional dish is the feijoada, a stew of beans with beef and pork.


Abobrinha Marinada – Marinated Zucchini

These delicious, garlicky zucchini slices, lightly sautéed and marinated in olive oil, make a great side dish for grilled meats.

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Açaí na Tigela – Açaí in a Bowl

This smoothie in a bowl – cold, sweet, tart, with crunch from the granola – will fill you up, cool you off, and may have all kinds of nutritional and health benefits as well, if the many claims about the health properties of the acai berry are true. In Brazil, frozen açaí is often mixed with guarana (usually in the form of syrup – xarope de guarana), a fruit from the Amazon that is also thought to have many health benefits and which contains caffeine as well. Some people add other ingredients to their acai bowl such as milk, sugar, orange juice or pineapple.

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Acarajé – Black-Eyed Pea and Shrimp Fritters

A dish made from peeled black-eyed peas formed into a ball and then deep-fried in dendê (palm oil). It is found in Nigerian and Brazilian cuisine. The dish is traditionally encountered in Brazil’s northeastern state of Bahia, especially in the city of Salvador, often as street food, and is also found in most parts of Nigeria, Ghana and the Republic of Benin.

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Aderezo de Cilantro – Coriander Dressing

A creamy Greek yoghurt based dressing ideal for those who want a tasty yet healthy option.

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Adobo de Chancho Arequipeño – Peruvian Pork Adobo Arequipa style

Though typical of Peruvian cuisine, Arequipa’s adobo de chancho is quite different from the other adobos in the world. The arequipeño dish is a soupy pork stew, slow-simmered with chicha de jora, chilli, garlic, onions, oregano, and cumin.

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Ajiaco Bogotano – Colombian Chicken and Potato Soup

The soup is typically served with table cream, capers and avocado all mixed in just before eating in the proportions each individual prefers. Ajiaco is so heavy that it is usually considered a full meal. In Colombian cuisine, this is the most representative dish of Bogotá.

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Amazonian Cuisine

Amazonian cuisine includes the foods and preparation methods of various peoples in the Amazon jungle of South America, including the dishes they have popularised among neighbours.

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Ambrosia De Laranja – Brazilian Orange Pudding

Ambrosia De Laranja is a traditional Brazilian carnival treat and also a great dessert for a feijoada day or other festive occasion

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Argentine Cuisine

Argentinian people have a reputation for their love of eating. Social gatherings are commonly centered around sharing a meal. Invitations to have dinner at home is generally viewed as a symbol of friendship, warmth, and integration. Sunday family dinner is considered the most significant meal of the week, whose highlights often include asado or pasta

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Arroz de Chaufa – Cantonese-Peruvian Style Fried Rice

Chaufa rice is one of the main Chifa dishes, the delicious result of mixing Peruvian and Chinese cuisine. There are many combinations for chaufa rice and this recipe is for one of the more traditional dishes.

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Asado Negro Venezolano – Venezuelan Roast Beef

Asado negro has its primary home in Caracas, where it is often served during the Christmas holidays, alongside fried sweet plantains and white rice, with perhaps a tart green salad for contrast.

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Avena Oatmeal Drink

Avena is a South American beverage prepared with stewed oatmeal, milk, water, cinnamon, clove and sugar.

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Baba de Moça – Egg Coconut Custard Cream

Baba de Moça is a creamy sauce from Bahia prepared with coconut milk, egg yolks and sugar. It can be served as a sauce or as a pudding eaten by it self, depending on the consistency.

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Barros Jarpa

Barros Jarpa is a popular sandwich that includes ham and melted cheese. The name was coined in the restaurant of the National Congress of Chile where Minister Ernesto Barros Jarpa always asked for this sandwich.

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Bauru Sandwich

Bauru is a popular Brazilian sandwich. The traditional recipe calls for cheese (usually mozzarella) melted in a bain-marie, slices of roast beef, tomato and pickled cucumber in a French bun with the crumb (the soft inner part) removed.

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