- Food and Cooking
Lord of Sipan, Moche ruins and the King Kong dessert in Peru!
Royal Tombs Museum of Sipan
Lambayeque is a region in northwestern Peru that is well known because of its rich Chimú and Moche pre-Inca past and also because it houses the Royal Tombs Museum of Sipán. The Lord of Sipán (El señor de Sipán) is a mummy found in Sipán by Peruvian archaeologist Walter Avila in 1987. The museum houses most of the important findings of Dr. Alva in 1987 and was inaugurated in 2002. The museum is located in the town of Lambayeque and looks similar to the ancient Moche tombs.
Some archaeologists consider this tomb to be one of the most important archaeological discoveries in this part of the world in the last 30 years, because the main tomb was found intact and untouched by thieves.
The Lord of Sipán video
The Lord of Sipán is an interesting video with many pictures from archeological sites and museums, but unfortunately it is only in Spanish.
To compensate I am also including a link to an excellent multimedia presentation, in six languages, about Peru and it includes sections on archeological heritage, nature & landscape, festivities & traditions and cuisine.
King Kong, a sweet from northern Peru
I have already writen a couple of hubs about sweets: the first one was the Kiss-wrapped sweets from Kuranda, in Queensland, Australia; the second was about Tejas, which come from southern Peru and now I will write about a sweet, with the unlikely name of King Kong and it comes from the northern Peruvian region of Lambayeque.
King Kong is a typical Peruvian sweet and it consists of four sandwich-like layers of sweet biscuit (flour, butter, egg yolks and milk) filled with three layers of manjar blanco (sweet, creamy filling made with milk and sugar); pineapple jam, and a sweet peanut paste, which is placed between the layers of biscuits. The block of sweet is then sliced and the fillings have three different colors, texture and flavor! The dish was first created in the 1920’s by Victoria Mejía and it was originally intended as a snack for the men working in the sugar cane and cotton plantations.
Origin of the name
The sweet received its unique name due to the popularity of the movie King Kong. In the 1930’s that famous movie was being shown in the city and legend has it that citizens liked to compare the shape and size of the local sweet with the figure of the big gorilla on the movie screen, so the sweet was baptised with the name of the gorilla!
Today the Mejia family still makes the best sweet, which sells under the brand name San Roque. The popularity of the sweet is growing beyond the Peruvian borders and it is now being exported abroad and their factory is being refitted to cope with the increased demand. Please watch the video on the right, which shows the San Roque factory and the different stages of the King Kong production.
Sipán, Lambayeque and Peru links
- Come to Peru: Culture, Nature, Adventure - Travel
Peru - Portal for the promotion and tourism in Peru. Complete guide to travel agencies, travel services, city tours, history, adventure, nature, gastronomy, images and videos of Peru
- Pagina Principal - Perú Tour Virtual
Tour includes English version and the first section has to do with Lambayeque, including the capital Chiclayo, visits to villages, beach resort, main square, cathedral and craft market.
- Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum
The Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan located in Lambayeque Chiclayo Peru with fabulous collection of the Lord of Sipan
Other King Kong hubs
- King Kong Movie Clips
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- Why We Need King Kong, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster
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