Street Food: Egyptian Shawarma

Egyptian Shwarma in PeruEvery one of my out of the country trips came with the warning, “Don’t eat the food you find on the street!!” I know that anyone who said that meant well. Their intention was to prevent sickness. You think things that have ben prepared on the street must mean unsanitary conditions and a ticket to either the bathroom, long-term or the doctor. But, sometimes I think back and wonder if they ever had eaten it? Did they know how delicious it was? Maybe they did, but didn’t want anyone else to find out! Or, maybe they were prone to sickness and stayed away so that no sickness would befall them.

Egyptian Shwarma in PeruI for one seem to (usually) have a stomach of steel. I can eat things off the street, fully enjoy them and remember them only with fondness. Not like those pumpkins cookies I ate when I was 8 – but that’s another story. Moving to another country means you are no longer a tourist and the things you were warned not to do as a tourist become somewhat obsolete. Sure, there are different warnings. But street food is something that is widely accepted among expatriate dwellers in countries around the world.

Egyptian Shwarma in PeruEgyptian Shwarma in PeruFor me, that is a good thing. It means I get to eat food like this. Just a few months ago, a group of men began selling shawarma on the street corner near a local shopping center. I had heard about it several times, but had yet to visit until just a couple of weeks ago. We LOVED it. My first time eating shawarma and surely, not my last.

Egyptian Shwarma in Peru

Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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2 Responses

  1. Good street food, it’s amazing food! Love it.

  2. Elle says:

    That look delicious! What else went into it besides that spike of meat?

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