Never had an opportunity to experience authentic Peruvian food? At 1111 Peruvian Bistro, there are five popular Peruvian dishes that will usher novice diners into this utterly unique cuisine. Guests can watch as Chef Diego Munoz works his magic in the restaurant’s open kitchen, preparing elevated versions of his homeland’s traditional favorites.
Peruvian food reflects the cultures and histories of its people. Indigenous ingredients like aji amarillo chili peppers or Peruvian yellow potatoes are transformed with techniques and spices from Peru’s many immigrant populations. Chifa, a style of cooking heavily influenced by immigrants from China, fuses stir-fry techniques and Chinese ingredients like soy sauce and ginger with aji chili peppers and citrus. The result is delicious. Many of Chef Munoz’s contemporary Peruvian creations are an homage to the Chifa tradition.
Peruvian flavors meet Chinese cookery in this very satisfying and traditional dish. This version starts by sautéing a healthy portion of bucatini—a hollow, spaghetti-like pasta—and then adds slices of beef, onions and tomatoes which are cooked until tender. The dish is finished with an aji amarillo-based saltado sauce.
Think of the best stir-fried pork you’ve ever had and then imagine it elevated into a multi-flavored Peruvian revelation. A fresh take on a popular Chifa dish, it features a medley of octopus, shrimp and braised pork belly. Strips of crispy popcorn chicken are added and everything is stacked on an egg tortilla resting atop of a bed of fried rice with bean sprouts and shitake mushrooms. In each bite, flavors of earth and sea mingle with the perfectly cooked rice. This is a dish that shouldn’t be missed.
The dish’s simple name—rice with duck—doesn’t do it justice. A fall-off-the-bone piece of duck confit sits atop a bed of cilantro rice and is drizzled with a sweet and tangy aji amarillo and leche de tigre vinaigrette. It’s spicy, but not overwhelming. Avocado chunks, red radishes and a thinly-sliced red onion salad complete this beautifully plated dish.
This seafood lover’s entree offers an array of fish, shrimp, calamari and mussels that have been simmered in a richly flavored tomato-pepper a lo macho sauce. A traditional Peruvian side of juane (a creamy rice mixture) accompanies this dish and is served in a heliconia leaf.
Lomo saltado is one of the most quintessential Peruvian dishes. Stir-fried beef tenderloin, red onions, and cherry tomatoes bask in a flavorful broth and are topped with two sunny-side up eggs. Crispy Peruvian yellow potatoes add a delicious and authentic touch. A bowl of fragrant arroz con choclo (rice with corn) is served alongside this entrée, and is perfect for soaking up the broth.
Enjoy one or more of these specialties, but don’t forget the wine! Peruvian food is best enjoyed accompanied by Peruvian wine, so be sure to ask your server for a recommendation.
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