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Lord of Sipan, Moche ruins and the King Kong dessert in Peru!

Updated on March 25, 2016

Royal Tombs Museum of Sipan

Historical past

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. 

A piece of King Kong for afternoon tea
A piece of King Kong for afternoon tea

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. 

Poster from the original King Kong 1930s film.
Poster from the original King Kong 1930s film.

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.


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      Sylvia Gadea de Beer 7 years ago from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia

      I had to laugh with your use of the word gross, but how true that is! They were not dainty at all, that is true, but the manjarblanco (caramel) sure was "delicioso"!

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      Colin 7 years ago

      The galletas were gross but the caramel was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!