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Day 285: Lima, Peru

We first met in Cajamarca, Northern Peru.  I was sitting in a restaurant waiting for my lunch and had no idea that I was about to be swept away.

But the encounter was brief and I went back to Ecuador for Christmas quickly forgetting how smitten I was that day.

When I arrived in Lima, I had no idea I would find my love again.

At another restaurant no less!

What were the chances that when I looked up to the menu board that my love would be there right in front of me.

 

And all those feelings rushed back – the warmth and sweetness of our first encounter.

 

And in the perfect cinematic moment the wind swept through my hair and whispered my first love’s name - Sudado

I’d love to tell you the story of some hot Latino lover but I have something better. I have a recipe.

 

peruvian fish soup

 

Sudado is a simple fish stew with tomato, red onion and chiles is very typical of northern Peru cuisine. In Cajamarca a whole fish was in the stew and it was up to me to de-bone it but here in Lima it was a sleek boneless filet.

Although a bit more refined the tart tanginess of the soup remained and as tradition requires boiled yuca and rice was served along the side.

The flavours remind me of a classic Spanish influences but the intense limey tang brings depth that really makes this an outstanding dish.

Ingredients
2 lbs. boneless skinless mild-flavoured white fish filet
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
8 picked peppers sliced, if you’re not in Peru, pepperoncini would do
4 chiles, seeded and thinly sliced
1/4 cup canola oil
4 cloves garlic, mashed to a paste
1 medium red onion, halved and cut into 1/2″ slices
2 large plum tomatoes, cored, seeded, and coarsely chopped
1 tsp. dried oregano, lightly toasted

1. In a large bowl marinate the fish in lime juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper.

2. Purée the chopped chiles and 1/3 cup water in a blender until smooth. Set aside.

3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Carefully add pureed chiles and cook for 2 minutes. Add onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

4. Add fish and marinade along with 1 cup hot water, and stir liquid gently to combine. Top filets evenly with remaining chiles and tomatoes and sprinkle with oregano.

5. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until fish is cooked, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

6. Place fish in individual bowls and top with liquid.

 

And voila you have sudado

 

49 Comments

  1. Camels & Chocolate on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Take out the fish and that looks DELICIOUS. (Disclaimer: I like most fish, but something about eating them in my soup is just not OK by me.)

    Food is a much more reliable affair than a man–don’t ever forget that =)
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  2. Sally on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    I can’t believe this. I came here expecting SCANDAL and you gave me soup.
    So. Not. Cool.

  3. Aly on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    People who complain that this is not as good as a hot Latin lover obviously have not had this soup.
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  4. Alouise on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    That sounded like a steamy affair. Thanks for the recipe, it looks pretty tasty.
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  5. Anthony on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Hahaha well sucked in! I’m gonna rock the boat here, I always do with this declaration- I hate onions.

    I know. I know, it’s not an easy situation for me, but everything else looked pretty loveable to me.
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  6. Cathy Sweeney on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    The recipe and photo look really good, but…. I do think that a hot Latino lover might possibly be better.
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  7. Katherina on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Your new lover sounds (and looks!) delicious!
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  8. turkey's for life on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    That soup looks better than any love of the human variety! :)
    I love fish in soups so will have to give this a go.
    Julia
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  9. Jess on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Soup > Steamy Latino Lover

    :P
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  10. Thomas - IT Blog on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Amazing what a title can do for a blogpost. Think you fooled a couple of people with that. You did for sure fooled me :-)
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  11. woodward on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Sudado literally means “sweated”. How hot was it? Did you break out into a sweat or was it a mild tingly sensation?
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  12. Ryan on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    You are such a dork!

  13. andi on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Ok I will give you points for the cleverness of the post, but damn I wanted to hear something hot and juicy!!!
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  14. Stephanie on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Coming from someone who met a hot Latin lover the first day I arrived in Quito (although I had no intentions of having any romantic activities for this entire year of travel), soup will NEVER be better.

    You are such a tease. I was really hoping for something steamy (and not steam coming off of hot soup). But I will admit, I’m not ready to write about my Latin lover, so I won’t fault you.
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  15. Kim on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Oh, you had me going! I thought it would be the guy from your previous post, I can’t remember his name… Andres? Good one.

  16. Deb on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Only you could have a romance with soup…

  17. Carmie on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Deb’s blog was really me…..

  18. Matt | YearAroundTheWorld on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Who made the first move?
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  19. Kirsten on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Soup? BORING!!!! LOL – well played though!! Well played.
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  20. Katrina on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Hahaha! I smelled a setup, but I was totally willing to be reeled in anyway. Good one, Ayngelina!
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  21. Katrina on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Erp! “One,” not “on.” Feh.
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  22. Christine on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    I’m in love!!!!!

  23. Joan Nova on the January 29, 2011 remarked #

    Your lead-in story was as delicious as the soup.

  24. bethany on the January 30, 2011 remarked #

    Wow, this seems like a great recipe. I bet I could even make the sauce to use over veggies. I was thinking I wanted something just like this tonight but couldn’t make it correctly and instead had masala on my veggies. I’m def. gonna give this one a try :)
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  25. Ruth on the January 30, 2011 remarked #

    I still have to taste the sudado. I have tasted the saltado, aji de gallina, chupe and seco de cordero. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
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  26. Chris - The Aussie Nomad on the January 30, 2011 remarked #

    Such a tease Ayngelina
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  27. Al Hunter on the January 30, 2011 remarked #

    I can’t wait to try this recipe using freshly caught Lake Huron whitefish this summer. Cooked on a picnic table outside my motel room using my portable stove, as the sun goes down after another amazing Canadian day. To a South American, this would be exotic!

  28. DTravelsRound on the January 30, 2011 remarked #

    So NOT what I expected! But, yum!!
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  29. Aaron @ Aaron's Worldwide Adventures on the January 30, 2011 remarked #

    Sounds tasty! Always good to have a love affair wtih a hot, sreaming bowl of soup!
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  30. Migrationology on the January 30, 2011 remarked #

    A wonderful thing to fall in love with! The thought of those fresh ingredients stewed together is making my mouth water. All “fish” and especially variations of fish curry, it one of my favorite dishes in the world!
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  31. iamthewitch on the January 30, 2011 remarked #

    I love tomato soup! Everything about it is so warming and cozy!

  32. Latin Hostel Guide on the January 31, 2011 remarked #

    I can’t wait to get back to Peru for the Alpaca and Guinea Pig!! Bet most of you have never heard of these Peruvian delicacies.

  33. Sofia - As We Travel on the January 31, 2011 remarked #

    “I’d love to tell you the story of some hot Latino lover but I have something better. I have a recipe” – Haha!!

  34. Mary @ Travel To Sun on the January 31, 2011 remarked #

    DELICIOUS! Oh, and the soup too! :))
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  35. alf on the January 31, 2011 remarked #

    I am starting to know you. I totally knew this would be about food from the title, just like most of my own love affairs.
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  36. Justin Hamlin on the January 31, 2011 remarked #

    You tease!

    Sounds like a great recipe, will definitely need to save this one for future use.
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  37. Laurel on the January 31, 2011 remarked #

    Reading all the comments above, my vote goes for the soup, much more dependable than a hot Latin lover, although perhaps not as much fun :)
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  38. Jane on the January 31, 2011 remarked #

    You got me good at this post=)Thanks for the recipe:)

  39. Nancy on the January 31, 2011 remarked #

    Ahh, good way to bait our attention. :-) Pic and recipe of Sudado soup look delish!!

  40. andres on the January 31, 2011 remarked #

    i agree with ur sister…

  41. Brooke vs. the World on the February 2, 2011 remarked #

    I wanted scandal. :( Fish soup is not something I can get swept away with hehe.
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  42. Gorilla Safaris in Uganda on the February 3, 2011 remarked #

    Sudado for a moment sounded like some human being. Well written. This makes me want to seek for and taste this Sudado. I hope i can get to Peru at some point.

  43. Lauren Fritsky on the February 4, 2011 remarked #

    Looks and sounds amazing, and I love the way you wrote it!
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  44. Judy on the February 4, 2011 remarked #

    Just made the recipe exactly as written (with haddock) and it was WONDERFUL!!

  45. Laura on the February 7, 2011 remarked #

    I don’t eat fish so I’m going to have to vote for a Latino lover for your next love affair post!
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  46. Ffion @ Chocolate and Raspberries on the February 9, 2011 remarked #

    Reading about a hot love affair would of been riveting, but I’d choose food over a man any day of the week :P
    I might try and recreate this, it contains flavourful ingredients and looks pretty healthy!

  47. Christy on the February 24, 2011 remarked #

    Ugh! Trick! I was hoping for some kind of scandal as well! hehe
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  48. Seantonio on the May 6, 2011 remarked #

    It was my first night in Paracas, at a beachfront cafe, that I first fell in love w/sudado. My girlfriend and her mom sat across from me…jacketry ensued.

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