Raw food is taboo in some countries; however, here in Colombia, they are serving up a delicious raw shrimp dish called Ceviche.
Ceviche is a raw shrimp dish found in Latin America especially on the coast; it is said to be a national dish in Peru.
Treasures of Colombia: Ceviche (Colombian Street Food)
By: Stacey Ann Smith
Ceviche can be found in almost all seafood restaurants, there are also restaurants that specialize only in Ceviche called La Cevicheria. Additionally, if you are on the beach you can be sure that they will be serving up this delicacy.
After arriving in Colombia on the coast (en la costa) Sincelejo to be exact; I went to the beach in Coveñas and at the restaurant, I was introduced to this special raw dish and of course, me being open-minded agreed to try it…so I ordered it with fear and trepidation.
Fear, because as a Jamaican I had the notion that raw meat will definitely harm me.
Notwithstanding, this dish must be consumed in as little time as possible because remember that it is not cooked.
After trying Ceviche for the first time I fell in love with this taboo of a dish; and ever since I have been occasionally treating myself to this wonder. I have watched chefs from various restaurants prepare this appetizer/cocktail and so I will give you the steps on how to concoct your own ceviche at home for that special occasion – and also to “show off” on your guests.
First step: put raw stripped shrimps in a bowl or glass
Afterward: add lots of chopped raw onions, garlic oil /olive oil, salt, mayonnaise, lots of ketchup, pepper sauce and squeeze lots of lime or lime juice.
Finally: serve in an exquisite dish or wine glass.
Enjoy – Difrute!
About the writer:
Stacey Ann Smith is from Kingston, Jamaica. She is an alumna of Camperdown High School and she graduated from The Shortwood Teachers’ College having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages, Spanish and French. Presently, Stacey is an English teacher at a University in Colombia. She describes herself as a vivacious and loving person who also has a passion for traveling, taking pictures, her son Nicholas and Ashley, her adorable feline.
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