I would never have guessed that Nazca would be such a good street food destination. Jason and I were reminiscing about our honeymoon in Vietnam and how the street food there was so delicious. We missed being able to walk down a street, stop at a stall to gawk at what the locals were eating, and then order whatever they were having. Colombia and northern Peru didn’t have much of a street food scene – which happens to be our favourite way to sample local food.
However, when the sun dipped below the horizon in Nazca, street food vendors started coming out of nowhere and setting up shop along the main streets (much to our surprise and delight!).
The first vendor we saw setting up at twilight was a woman who was grilling mystery meat. We ordered a skewer and was surprised by how delicious it was. Super tender and tasty! Yum!
We followed our noses down the street (FYI, all the street vendors were within a 2-block radius of each other), and discovered a guy grilling more mystery meat. This time, the street vendor was serving miscellaneous grilled chicken parts (i.e. liver, feet, hearts, etc). It was really tasty, but Jason wasn’t too fond of the crunchiness of the cartilage. I thought it was delicious though.
My favourite street food find was a Chicken Noodle Soup (Caldo de Gallina). Her stall was packed with people. so we knew that was a good sign. She served the huge bowls of noodle, chicken, and hard-boiled egg in a delicious herbed broth, along with a bowl of maize kernels, and homemade hot sauce. At this point in our travels, I was really craving noodle soup like crazy (noodle soup being one of my favourite meals). And this really hit the spot. Really reminded me of Vietnamese street food actually. Steamy, delicious goodness.
Our last street food stop was a woman who had set up a deep-fryer on the street. She was deep-frying rings of dough into the lightest, fluffy, homemade doughnuts. She included a packet of honey, which you drizzled over top of the crispy delights. She was even cool enough to pose for my picture 🙂
The amazing street food experience in Nazca definitely upped the overall appeal of this sunbaked little town.