These South American Foods Are Getting A Revamped Kick Thanks To Some Clever Fusions

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South American food has become synonymous with dishes such as lomo saltado, arepas, asado and churrasco. These chefs are thinking outside of the skillet and mixing in new flavors and presentations when it comes to these South American staple dishes. Welcome to the new South American fusion food.

1. Peruvian/Chinese – Madam Tusan

While those familiar with Peruvian food have probably seen elements of Chifa in the cooking (Cantonese cooking elements mixed with Peruvian traditional cooking, like arroz chaufa), Madam Tusan in Lima takes it to another level. The fortune cookies are in Spanish and the feels get fancy upgrades, like green arroz chaufa with duck.

2. Peruvian/Japanese – Chotto Matte

London’s Chotto Matte restaurant in the city’s SoHo district is plating Japanese food with touches of Peru. Chicha morada is brewed for holiday cocktails with special spices to celebrate the UK’s Bank Holiday. Wasabi gets put on the bench by this restaurant—instead, marinated chicken gets dressed with yellow chili salsa to get the spice meter up.

3.  Colombian/Italian – OCIO Coral Gables

This Miami restaurant is drawing inspiration from Italian and Colombian platters. You can order up an “arepa ociosa” with melted cheese and chopped pork rinds while another guest at the table chooses pollo rockefeller. Gives new meaning to ‘the best of both worlds.’

4. Venezuelan/Multiple Cuisines – Doggi’s Arepa Bar

Colombians and Venezuelans playfully spar on who has the best arepas, but there is no denying that Venezuelan cuisine might take the maize cake when it comes to modernizing its national dish. Doggi’s multiple Miami locations feature piping hot arepas filled with the creativity of its chefs. On the menu, you can find arepas including ‘arepa mexicana’ with pico de gallo and churrasco, ‘arepa Santa Barbara’ piled high with cheese, avocado slices and marinated steak, and ‘arepa tripleta’ stuffed with shredded gouda cheese, reina pepiada sauce and your choice of protein.

5. Peruvian/Japanese – Suviche

If we could dip any type of carb in huancaina sauce, we would tell you to hand over loaves of bolillos, baguettes, all of the carbs. What Suviche is doing at its various posts across South Florida neighborhoods is playfully mixing Peruvian staples with Japanese cuisine—with lots of the yellow spicy sauce. One of the restaurant’s signature dishes is lomo saltado stuffed into wonton bits that you can dunk again and again in huancaina sauce.

6. Japanese/Brazilian/Peruvian – SushiSamba

We did not think you could fuse this trifecta of cuisine traditions—but here we are and we are feeling blessed by it. 🙏

SushiSamba has outposts in Las Vegas, Miami, London and Amsterdam “celebrating the culture and cuisine” of these three countries, according to the restaurant’s Instagram account. Guests in London can try robata octopus with aji panca, while in Amsterdam, one menu item is the short rib croquetts made with Peruvian purple potato. *Checks cheapest flights to Europe.*

7. Chilean/German – Fuente Alemana Alameda

Santiago’s Fuente Alemana Alameda restaurant showcases Chile’s take on burgers. The sandwiches are stacked high with juicy cuts of meat and melted cheese. Wash it all down with a schop (draft beer) and eat like a true local.

8. Ecuadorian/Multiple Cuisines – Fried Bananas Restaurant

First Ecuadorian meal! #quito

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Located in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito, Fried Bananas gives a quaint take on Ecuadorian food. Guests can munch on popcorn baskets while waiting for their main entrees to come out, ranging from Ecuadorian spaghetti, mozzarella with honey dish, to tofu ceviche and more.

9. Uruguayan/Armenian – Erevan

The national dish of Uruguay is the chivito, thin slices of beef steak with mayo, tomato, olives, mozzarella and egg, fries and other garnishes in between two slices of bread. Montevideo’s Erevan restaurant adds an Armenian touch to the dish, adding its pita bread as the slices that hold it all together.


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