I first tried Peruvian food when I was a teenager. In Upper Darby, Pennsylvania (a suburb of my hometown of Philadelphia), there is a slew of ethnic restaurants, small hole-in the wall type places. It’s not the greatest of areas, but ever since I was a child it was always popular with immigrant communities and so ethnic eateries and food stores popped up including a Peruvian restaurant which I have no idea if it is even still in business (this was over 10 years ago so I wouldn’t think so).
Since then, I’ve had Peruvian food a couple of times here in Pittsburgh at two different places-La Feria which is a little cafe that serves simple Peruvian dishes (nothing fancy, more sandwiches and salads) and Aji Picante, a terrific restaurant that sadly closed last year (I had dined there twice). On the two occasions that I ate at Aji Picante, I always made sure to try different things from the menu including classics like Aji Gallina and Peruvian-style chicken. I never tried Lomo Saltado, which is a beef stiry fry and an equally beloved staple in Peruvian cuisine.
I’ve been meaning to try my hand at making Lomo Saltado for a while-it seemed simple enough and featured ingredients that I love (meat and stir fried vegetables). When debating what to whip up last Friday, I finally decided that with only a month to go until I leave for Peru it was time to make Lomo Saltado (something to tide me over until I can try the real thing in house!). I found a great and simple recipe on Skinnytaste’s website which you can access here.
My only comment is that next time I may just use pre-made fries. I found that even with baking the fries longer than the prescribed time, they didn’t come out as crispy as I would have liked (they tasted fine, just didn’t quite have the texture I was looking for). But the dish itself was incredibly good. Between all of the vegetables, I didn’t even feel the need to make anything else to accompany it (it’s usually eaten with rice). It was also a meal I really enjoyed making, especially since it meant I got to dust off my wok!
Lomo saltado is definitely something I would make again.
Is this a dish you’d like to try?