You have your Pisco Sour in hand, so what comes next? A great Peruvian dish of course. This is probably the most popular dish of Peru. It’s a great combination where East meets West. Because of a large Asian population of immigrants, this is basically a stir fry which includes french fries and rice. As odd as it sounds, its an authentic, delicious and easy to prepare dish.
Below are two examples of what it looks like from 2 different restaurants, both Peruvian. Very similar as you can see, just plated differently. One mixed the french fries, the other put them on the bottom, others put them on top which is the way I prefer it and how its show above.
- Vegetable Oil
- 1lb Beef Rib Eye, sliced into 1/2″ strips
- 1 Large Tomato chopped and diced
- 1 Red Onion sliced into wedges
- 1 Red Pepper, sliced into strips
- 2 Cloves garlic, sliced thin
- 2 Tablespoons Cilantro chopped
- 3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1.5 Cups White Rice (uncooked, cooked it should yield 3 cups)
- Shoestring French Fries
Beef & Vegetables: Over medium heat in a wide skillet, pan or wok, heat your vegetable oil, lightly brown the garlic and add in your beef strips, stirring until its brown on all sides (about 5 minutes). Remove, set aside and add in your onions and peppers. Cook until slightly soft but still with a little bit of chew or crunch to it (about 5 minutes). Once cooked, set aside.
Rice: Cook white rice with a tablespoon of soy sauce and a split garlic clove.
French Fries: I prefer to take a shortcut here and buy frozen french fries which come out perfectly in the oven and deep frying is avoided and a much healthier option. If you follow the package directions, its basically 450F for 20 minutes, just so you gauge the cooking time of the rice and the beef and vegetables. I would make this ahead of time and/or with the rice so everything is finished cooking at once.
You can get fancy and put the rice in a slightly buttered or oiled dish so it has a nice formation, just press it down into the dish, and put it upside down into a plate so you have a perfect mound of rice. Top with your beef and vegetables, and then french fries. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve hot. Pisco Sour optional.