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.
This is what it looks like at an authentic Peruvian restaurant, Don Julio in Elizabeth NJ. However, I don’t like my french fries mixed in and I like my vegetables cooke a bit more.
Here is one more example from Garabaldi Peru Mex in Parsippany NJ. Again, I don’t like soggy fries even if this is what the traditional preparation calls for.
- Vegetable Oil
- 1lb NY Strip 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). Remember that if you don’t like the meat too well done (it will get tough), to not cook it until its too well done because you are going to add the meat back to the skillet afterward and it is going to cook a few minutes more.
Next add in the red wine vinegar to deglaze and allow to cook off for a couple of minutes. Add in the onions and peppers. Cook until slightly soft but still with a little bit of chew or crunch to it (about 5 minutes).
When it is done to your liking, add in the beef and the fresh chopped tomatoes. You want this only to heat through, not cook. You don’t want your tomatoes overcooked, mushy, steamed or stewed. This is when you add at least a couple ounces of soy sauce. Add to your liking, but remember you can always add more later. If you add to much, this dish will become very salty and not very enjoyable.
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. What you see above is a wild rice mix. Top with the stir fry of beef and vegetables, and then french fries. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve hot. Pisco Sour optional.