Following the previous virtual trip we had to Blue Ketchup in Seoul, it’s time to continue our mouth-watering trip around the world. This time, we’re visiting Peruvian cuisine. And we’re doing that without the need to actually go to Peru, although that would be more than welcome.
Today, I am inviting you to check out delicious traditional Peruvian food at El Misti – a small but amazing restaurant in Anaheim, California.
Before visiting, I must admit that I’ve never tasted Peruvian cuisine before and El Misti was an excellent way to start. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was warm and homely. Service was a bit slow, but the freshly made cuisine was worth the wait. Our Peruvian server was friendly and even made small talk with us.
The unlimited bread with slightly spicy aji sauce was delicious. Something new but not too out there.
Bread with aji, a spicy sauce of tomatoes, cilantro, hot peppers, and onions.
Boiled potatoes with a cold sauce of yellow aji and cheese. A very simple dish. Skip this if you’re looking for something more adventurous. Go for it if you want your taste buds to be happy 🙂
Mixed Seafood Ceviche -> Fresh fish, shrimp, and squid marinated and cooked in lime juice, topped with fresh onion salsa. Served with potato, yam, and Andean corn.
This was very refreshing and flavorful. My favorite dish! The giant corn kernals were bursting with flavor.
Arroz con Pollo -> Chicken cooked in veggies and green rice with cilantro, spinach, and lager. Served with papa a la hauncaina and salad.
The chicken was very tender and the rice was very savory. Quite good! Each dish is very unique. Sorry for the bad photo, though…
Anticucho -> Skewered spiced beef heart served with fried potato.
These are as popular in Peru as stinky tofu is in Taiwan. As common as hot dogs in New York! The taste however, was nothing special.
Seco de Cordero -> Lamb smothered in a marinade of mild yellow Peruvian chile pepper, garlic, and chica de jora (a fermented Andean corn beverage). Slow cooked in a stew of cilantro, parsley, and scallions. Served with creamy canary beans, rice, and sarza criolla.
The lamb was very tender and the sauce was very tasty. I ate so much of this with rice. Mmm… like comfort food.
Lomo Saltado -> A classic Peruvian entree with Asian influences. Seasoned steak strips sauteed with onions, tomatoes, a touch of soy sauce, chopped cilantro, and french fries. Served with steamed rice.
Lucuma Ice Cream -> The lucuma is a subtropical fruit from the Andes (mostly on Peru), commonly known as the “eggfruit” in the US. I thought the ice cream was quite good. It tasted like thick, sweetened milk ice cream and wasn’t too sweet like American ice cream. Perfect way to cap off our Peruvian dining adventure.
A couple of my friends ordered chicha morada, a traditional Peruvian beverage made from purple corn, pineapple, and citrus. I personally didn’t like the bubblegum-flavored drink because it because it was too sweet, like candy. My Peruvian buddy said her mom makes it better!
All in all though, I definitely recommend El Misti to anyone looking for a culturally unique dining experience in the area.