Home to the Amazon river, the fourth largest forest in the world, 37 mountains higher than 3.5 miles, 1,750 species of birds, 13,000 varieties of plants, 84 of the world's 103 ecosystems, and 28 of the 32 climates, diversity is the name of the game in Peru. Located on the northwest corner of South America, Peru is the midway point on a historic East meets West trade route. Its food is influenced by global immigrants from China, Japan, Spain, Italy, and Germany as well as indigenous Inca, and the near by Caribbean cultures. With such diversity of local ingredients and cultural influence from around the world, Peruvian food is a must try if you are lucky enough to have a restaurant locally. If you are not so fortunate, a pilgrimage is in order.
Ceviche is one of the many national dishes (depending on who you ask, there are as many as 300 national dishes). It comes from a local Native word meaning fresh fish. Basic Ceviche is prepared with raw fish, and is cured with citrus juices. It is usually served with sweet potato, and plantains. There are many varieties of ceviche which add fruit and other seafood. La Guitarra Con Sazón, has about half a dozen varieties of the dish. We recommend trying them all. Check out some of the other food we tried below (hover your cursor over the pictures to see the names of the dishes).
Grab a shawarma at Alsafa, the first halal meat market in Katy.
Phoenicia: a Houston food institution and a “museum of food” that every Houstonian should explore.
Explore the first and oldest Japanese market in Houston, and grab a cream puff while you’re there.
The intrepid explorers sailed around the world and brought back exotic new foods from the Americas while leaving their stamp on the world as far as the Philippines. With plenty of tapas to choose from and some of the only Moroccan food it the city, you need to add Andalusia to your list.
Nepal is where the East meets the West, and the North meets the South. It is also where the Sky meets the land. With the world's highest peak, Nepalis have their own time zone and have an independent spirit that has never been conquered.
Explore a Japanese market new to West Houston, and grab some ingredients to make something tasty and traditional (like Miso Soup)!
Cafe Brussels is not only the final outpost for Belgian food, but is also a cultural hub for Belgians and several other networks of Europeans who live here in Houston.
Whatever you think you know about Asian flavor profiles, forget it. Korean food has its own unique blend. Although it is often reduced to kimchi and Korean BBQ, or not the fried chicken craze (both notable food categories in their own right), today, we go to Go Hyang, which means something to the equivalent of "My Home Cooking"
Learn why "fish and rice make a Bengali" as we try food from the world's largest river delta.
Check out this week where we talk about the original diaspora with the co-owner of Houston's best bagels. He shares the inside tips to making great bagels.