Tiradito de Pescado or Ceviche?

by Jann

Peruvian Dish--what is it exactly?

Peruvian Dish--what is it exactly?

~ question about Peru foods submitted by Jann

Hello sweet people who are answering questions about Peru.

When I was there a few years ago, I took this photo of a Peruvian dish.

I would like to know if it is Tiradito di Pescado? Is that raw fish?

And are those kernel thingies called CANCHA? (Is that dry corn?)

And I think there is sweet potato in there, and is that a cooked apple? pear?

Does the broth taste fishy?

Thank you so very much for your help in understanding this dish and Peruvian cuisine.

~ question about Peru foods submitted by Jann


David from Inside-Peru.com replies:

Good question!

First of all, what is the difference between Tiradito de Pescado and Ceviche?

Bascially, the difference is how the fish is cut up.

Sliced fish is Tiradito, cubed fish is Ceviche.

The presentation of Tiradito de Pescado (Slices of Fish) in appearance is generally like sashimi.

Otherwise, the plate is basically the same.

That is, the fish is raw and is "cooked" in a  liquid mainly of onion, lemon juice, and chile peppers (ají).

Each restaurant or chef may prepare the Tiradito or Ceviche his own way.

It seems like each town has its own recipe, but even that may differ between cooks in the same town.

Both dishes are almost always served with cancha (roasted corn kernels) and sweet potato chunks.

Other ingredients will vary.

Question: Is the dish shown in the photo above Tiradito de Pescado or Ceviche?

Answer: It is ceviche.

Because of being presented in chunks rather than fine slices, this is ceviche.

Other ingredients are the roasted corn kernels, sweet potato and (?).

I might add that in this photo, the fish appears to have been cooked a little first. It is hard to tell. Why would the fish be cooked first?

Since many tourists are hesitant to eat the fish raw, a chef may cook the fish a little before preparing the ceviche as a concession to the foreign. If you are concerned about health hazards, you may request your fish to be cooked first.

Needless to say, the taste is changed and it ceases to be real ceviche.

That said,

¡Buen provecho!

David @ Inside-Peru.com

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