The Market in Surquillo – El Mercado en Surquillo
Posted May 10, 2010on:
On Saturday we went to the market in Surquillo. Surquillo is a district in Lima that is next to Miraflores. It is about a 15 minutes walk from our apartment.
On Saturdays and Sundays there is a food festival at the market that serves comida criolla which includes a variety of the typical dishes that can be found here in Perú. This weekend there was a special festival for Mother’s Day or El Día de la Madre.
We ate lunch at the market and it was delicious and inexpensive. We had Pollo a la Parrilla (grilled chicken) which was served with choclo (corn – very different from the corn in Canada! The kernels are huge and the color is a very pale yellow) and papas (potatoes) with salsa de ají (a sauce made from aji peppers). We also had causa. This causa was filled with chicken, carrots and peas and, I have to admit, was much better than the causa we made. To drink we had chicha morada, which is a drink made from purple corn and lime juice. It is very popular here and it is quite tasty!
As if that weren’t enough, we also tried some of the desserts. We had arroz con leche (rice pudding) with mazamorra morada (which is also made from the same purple corn as chicha morada) and something else which neither of us can remember the name of (the toffee colored pudding-like dessert) . We also had picarones which are like donuts but they are made with camote (sweet potato) and you dip them in a syrup made of honey. Very yummy!
After eating we did a little shopping! At the market you can find a lot of different things. Apart from fresh food, there are kitchen items, cleaning supplies, paper products, hardware, cloths, flowers and much more. We bought wine glasses, dessert bowls, tongs, a can opener, a sharp knife and an apron.
They sell a huge variety of fresh food at the market. There is an abundance of fruits and vegetables, olives, nuts, dried fruits and other staples. The fruits and vegetables are cheaper and fresher than at the supermarket and we bought a bunch of them, along with pecans and raisins.
Finally, there is the fresh meat and seafood. This is a little different from what we are used to in Canada. The seafood is similar to what you would find at Granville Island, but the meat and poultry, as you can see, is out in the open and is not refrigerated. I am sure it is much fresher and probably tastes better than what they sell in the supermarket, however, I couldn’t bring myself to buy anything… at least not yet.