1 – Tacacho con cecina
The first dish I would like to introduce is made in the Amazonian region from Peru. Tacacho comes from the Quechua ‘Taka chu’ which means ‘the beaten one’. But don’t worry: If you order this food in a restaurant, no one will ever beat you. These Peruvians are just making jokes – and great dishes like Tacacho con cecina.
Cecina is a dried and smoked pork filet. Usually, it is prepared on a grill. Its taste is super juicy and aromatically salty. I can’t really explain why, but I didn’t have the usual feeling of pork when I ate it. It tastes different than expected, but I can’t really explain how. That’s why I had to make sure, that it is really pork and asked twice.
Below the smoked pork you see a yellow ball, the Tacacho. For the preparation, a mass of roasted green plantain, pork jerky (or alternatively sausage), oil, lard, and salt is composed. The plantains have been previously roasted on charcoal.
Amazonian people seem to be very generous with the quantity of their offered dishes. What I ate might seem like a little bit, but in fact, it satisfied my stomach fully. Barriga llena – Corazón contenta!