The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the global economy, and among those heavily affected are restaurants. Many were forced to shut down permanently as people either cook their own meals or are have them delivered. One of those who didn’t survive was Chavin, a really good Peruvian restaurant in Quezon City.
Thankfully, they didn’t go for good. Instead, the people behind it have resorted to delivering homecooked meals under the name My Little PERU. So you can still enjoy a taste of the Andean country in the safety of your home.
We celebrate our mom’s birthday by having classic Peruvian dishes. Of course, a Peruvian meal won’t be complete without the ceviche, hailed as Peru’s national dish. It’s basically fish marinated for a few minutes in lime juice, onion, salt and, hot chiles (aji). The classic recipe includes onion, and sides of starchy boiled corn (choclo) and creamy sweet potato (camote) to balance out the intense flavors of the marinade.
One of The Little PERU’s bestsellers is their Pollo a la Brasa. Another popular Peruvian dish, the Pollo a la Brasa is whole chicken marinated in garlic, herbs, and spices before being roasted on a spit. It’s often served with huacatay (Peruvian black mint) sauce and mayo.
Another popular Peruvian dish is Lomo Saltado. Strips of beef are marinated in soy and stir-fried along with onions, tomatoes, aji chilies, and other spices. It’s then served with french fries. It’s a popular dish around Peru and in Peruvian restaurants abroad.
Since we’re Filipinos, a meal isn’t complete without rice. For this, we order the Arroz con Camarones, which is popular in Latin America. A paella dead-ringer, this dish consists of rice cooked in shrimp broth, and topped with shrimp, peppers, tomatoes, and onions. The dish is usually seasoned with cumin, garlic, and achiote.