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The Hidden Gems of South-American Cuisine

Updated: Nov 9, 2023

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When South American cuisine is mentioned, most people tend to think about Mexican specialities such as Tacos and refried beans, or ingredients such as avocados and quinoa. While these dishes and ingredients are undoubtedly delicious, South American cuisine is much more than that. Indeed, it is a treasure trove of culinary delights that remain hidden from the global food scene. In this article, we will explore some of the lesser-known but equally delicious gems of South American cuisine, as well as a few mouthwatering dishes you've mentioned.

Ají Amarillo: The Bold Spice of Peru

Ají Amarillo, the bright yellow chilli pepper from Peru, is a culinary gem that adds an exquisite depth of flavour to South American dishes. Known for its bold, fruity, and moderately spicy profile, this chilli pepper is a staple in Peruvian cuisine. Ají Amarillo is often used to create vibrant sauces and marinades, infusing dishes with its distinctive heat and sunshine-yellow colour. No matter where it is added, Ají Amarillo will offer you a delicious experience. You can enjoy Ají Amarillo’s quick in Jurema’s Lunch & Dinner menu in the delicious Grilled Prawns, Garlic, Ginger & Ají Amarillo (amongst other dishes).

Tepache: Mexico's Fermented Elixir

Tepache is a popular Mexican beverage that takes the concept of fermentation to refreshing new heights. This lightly fermented gem is crafted from pineapple, brown sugar, and spices, resulting in a sweet, tangy, and effervescent drink. Tepache captures the essence of traditional Mexican flavours, combining the tropical sweetness of pineapple with the subtle complexity of spices like cinnamon and clove. Often enjoyed as a thirst-quencher on hot days or as a base for creative cocktails, Tepache embodies the heartwarming hospitality of Mexican culture and offers a refreshing taste of tradition. You can enjoy Ají Amarillo’s quick in Jurema’s Lunch & Dinner menu in the refreshing Hubert’s Tomatoes, Tepache & Ají Amarillo Ceviches.

Pebre Salsa: Chilean Culinary Magic

Pebre salsa, a beloved condiment in Chilean cuisine, is a flavour-packed masterpiece that elevates any dish it accompanies. This vibrant sauce is a blend of fresh ingredients like coriander, onions, garlic, and the zesty kick of Ají chilli peppers, all finely chopped and mixed with the bright acidity of vinegar and the richness of olive oil. The result is a bold, tangy, and herbaceous salsa that pairs wonderfully with grilled meats, seafood, or bread. You can enjoy Pebre Salsa’s bright flavours in Jurema’s Lunch & Dinner menu in the decadent Josper Grilled Sirloin & Pebre Salsa.

Alfajore: South America’s Naughty Indulgence

Alfajores are a delectable South American treat that brings together the perfect balance of sweetness and indulgence. These delightful confections consist of two soft, crumbly cookies sandwiched together with a velvety filling, often featuring Dulce de Leche. The combination of the delicate, buttery cookies and the creamy dulce de leche creates a heavenly contrast in texture and flavour.

Alfajores can be found in various regional variations across South America, each with its unique twist, whether it's dusted with powdered sugar, coated in chocolate, or rolled in coconut flakes. These sweet sandwiches are a symbol of South American hospitality and are often shared with loved ones over a cup of mate (type of tea) or coffee, making them a cherished part of the continent's culinary heritage. You can try Alfajore in Jurema’s Lunch & Dinner menu in the delicious Dark Chocolate Alfajore, Passion Fruit & Dulce de Leche.

Dulce de Leche: South America’s sweet delight

Dulce de leche, often referred to as the "nectar of the gods," is a beloved and indulgent confection that holds a special place in South American cuisine. This luscious caramel-like treat is created by slowly simmering sweetened condensed milk until it transforms into a rich, creamy, and amber concentrate. Dulce de Leche is incredibly versatile, finding its way into many South American desserts and snacks, from Alfajores (mentioned above) to ice cream toppings. Whether spread on toast, drizzled over pancakes, or savoured by the spoonful, dulce de Leche is a true culinary treasure of South America. You can try Dulce de Leche in Jurema’s Lunch & Dinner menu in the delicious Dark Chocolate Alfajore, Passion Fruit & Dulce de Leche.

South American cuisine is a tapestry of diverse flavours and culinary traditions waiting to be discovered. While the continent's more famous dishes deserve their acclaim, don't miss the opportunity to explore these hidden gems.

Why not join us in Jurema’s breathtaking and award-winning outdoor dining space to discover the flavours of South America?


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