it’s amazing, isn’t it, how you can find “familiar” dishes in other cuisines? i had lunch at a peruvian bistro a couple of days ago and ordered the lomo saltado, described as “stir-fry beef sauteed in onions, tomatoes and french fries served with white rice.” when the dish arrived, i realized it was actually “bistek” (or “bistig” in kapampangan and beef steak in english). it was really good, but i had to laugh over the whole french fries and rice combo. man, peruvians seem to love their carbs, don’t they 😉
|tallarin saltado de carne|
T ordered tallarin saltado de carne (peruvian stir-fry beef spaghetti), so we kinda expected a traditional spaghetti dish. it actually came out like chinese lo mien. but T tells me it taste very much like the noodles she enjoyed in india.
we also ordered appetizers (packaged with the lunch combo menu) and i got a chicken salad. it was really simple but very good — iceberg lettuce, blanched carrots (so they weren’t exactly raw but still had the crispness) and shredded chicken breast tossed in lime and a little bit of salt. T had the house soup, which was a meal in itself. had veggies and quinoa in it. i think it may have also had beef cubes.
all this, plus soda, for only $8.99 — pretty good deal, eh? oh, the restaurant’s name is chavin.