One of our goals at Fiesta Limena CT Restaurante Peruano is to educate our customers about Peruvian food. We’ve mentioned that some Peruvian dishes have roots that stretch back to ancient times. Carapulca was one of the first native dishes that the Spanish enjoyed and adapted with their cooking style, and this tender pork and potato stew is still a favorite among Peruvians. Along with ingredients you would expect to find in a Peruvian recipe, like Aji Panca Paste, onions and cumin, there are also some surprisingly ones. Unsweetened chocolate, peanuts, and even ground butter cookies are added to some carapulcra recipes to add to the texture and intricate flavor. The mixture of savory and sweet is what makes carapulcra such a distinct dish. You’ll also need a bag of dried potato pieces to make an authentic carapulcra. These are available from Peruvian food specialty brands like Mama Tina’s.
May 31, 2011
May 25, 2011
Peruvian olives are called Aceituna de Botija. These are the olives we use to garnish dishes like Papa a la Huancaina, one of our most popular appetizers. They are purple and have a taste similar to kalamatas. Aceitunas can also be used to make an olive mayonnaise. This olive mayonnaise is an essential part of the traditional octopus dish, Pulpo al Olivo. You can also add whole or sliced aceitunas to sandwiches, wraps or salads. Sometimes these particular olives can be hard to find, but they are available online at Mama Tina’s along with other Peruvian Food staples. Follow the link to buy Peruvian olives online or come to Fiesta Limena for some Papa a la Huancaina today!
May 11, 2011
With Peru’s long coastline, fish and seafood are an important part of the typical Peruvian menu. From octopus to shrimp, calamari to mussels, you’ll find a large variety of seafood dishes at Peruvian restaurants. One of our daily soups is Chupe de Camarones, or Peruvian shrimp chowder. It’s seasoned with a punch of creole seasonings and is finished with a bit of cream. Try this soup or one of our others – Aguadito de Mariscos, Sopa de Pescado, Sopa de Choros and Sopa de Almejas are all offered daily at Fiesta Limena. We also offer occasional soup specials. Ask your server for more info.
May 5, 2011
Do you like beef, carrots, potatoes, yucca, and corn on the cob? Do you have a big appetite? If you answered yes to these two questions, you’ll love Sancochado. It’s one of our specials today at Fiesta Limena Peruvian Restaurant. All of the ingredients are served on a plate along with a bowl of stock. Add them to the broth to make your own soup with just the right amount of each flavor. This is the traditional way to enjoy this authentic Peruvian soup, which is served in restaurants in Lima as well as the Andean region of Peru. It’s not only hearty and filling, but also a healthy choice for lunch or dinner with basic, nutritious ingredients.