Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Stir-Fried Beef With Onion, Tomatoes, and French Fries)

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik]

When Chinese immigrants arrived in Peru more than a century ago, they brought their cooking with them—it didn’t take long for a new, hybrid Chinese-Peruvian cuisine called chifa to emerge. This dish of stir-fried beef with tomatoes, onion, and French fries in a savory brown sauce is one of the most famous of the chifa tradition, cooked throughout Peru and around the world today. The secret to success is to stir-fry properly, which at home often means dividing ingredients into very small batches to guarantee that they sear instead of just steaming. For the best flavor, you’ll want to toss the wok or pan over an open flame, allowing the contents to briefly catch fire, but if that makes you nervous, it’s okay to avoid the pyrotechnics.

Published at Tue, 26 Mar 2019 10:28:44 +0000