Food in the mountains here is commonly misconceived as basic by foreigners, but this region boasts some nuanced dishes, fabled throughout Peru. Huancayo's papas a la huancaína (potatoes in a delicately seasoned creamy cheese sauce, served with boiled egg and olives) and Ayacucho's puca picante (potato-and-beef stew in a spicy red peanut-and-pepper sauce) are standouts.