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This Incredible Sandwich Is the Love Child of Peruvian and Japanese Food

Japanese Peruvian fusion food might sound forced, but there's nothing forced about breaded fish, fancy mayo, and bread.

by Munchies Staff
09 January 2017, 4:00pm
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To those unfamiliar with regional South American cuisine, Japanese Peruvian fusion food might sound unnatural, or even forced.

But nothing could be more natural. It's a collision of cultures that is more than a century old, and there's even a word for it: "Nikkei," which translates roughly to "Japanese descendants abroad."

That means recreating Japanese dishes using local ingredients, which in Peru, means elevating tempura-style fried fish with pejesapo fish chicharron, coriander, and chili peppers, and putting it in a pan con pescado-style sandwich.

RECIPE: Fried Fish Sandwich

This recipe is courtesy of chef Mitsuharu Tsumura, a Peruvian Nikkei, from Lima. It's got the best of both worlds, and there is definitely nothing forced about breaded fish, fancy mayo, and bread. Remember that, and thank you/arigato/gracias.