Holidays in Perú (14 July 2012, Lima)

On Saturday Gladys and I were in the mood for a market-style fruit juice, so we headed to Mercado El Edén, located in Gloria’s neighbourhood.

Juguería

Juguería (juice stall)

We had a granadilla, lúcuma & orange juice, plus a chicken tamal (served with salsa criolla) each. The juice was served as usual in a decently sized jar, but I found the prices have gone up since the last time I was in Lima. Perhaps it’s because of that particular market’s location, I don’t know. Anyway, both the juice and the tamal were wickedly good.

Granadilla, lúcuma & orange juice, chicken tamal

Granadilla, lúcuma & orange juice (S/. 10, around $3.70), chicken tamal (S/. 3, around $1.10)

That day we went out for lunch with our sister Gloria. She’s the one who only ever eats a handful of dishes. The latest addition to that handful was ribs; of course she always eats them at the same restaurant and orders the same sauce among the thirty two offered there. The restaurant is “cleverly” called Mis Costillitas (my ribs) and has a number of locations across the city.

The restaurant offers a variety of dishes but their speciality are two cuts of pork ribs: Costillitas oficiales (official ribs), with long bones, and Baby back ribs, with short bones. They also offer a wide variety of sauces, from the classic BBQ to the creative ones, some including booze, others with fruits, others based on Peruvian dishes. We ordered one of each of the ribs options with different sauces.

The Costillitas oficiales with BBQ sauce were good, but not the best ribs with BBQ sauce I’ve ever had. The sauce was sweet and sticky, as expected, the meat was tender but not that tender.

Costillitas oficiales with BBQ sauce

Costillitas oficiales with BBQ sauce (S/. 30, around $10.90)

As much as I love pachamanca (a meal of meats, tubers, corn, broad beans, herbs, etc., cooked underground with hot stones) I must say the pachamanca sauce didn’t really go that well with the Baby back ribs, in my opinion. But ribs are ribs and we ate them like good carnivores that we are.

Baby back ribs with pachamanca sauce

Baby back ribs with pachamanca sauce (S/. 30, around $10.90)

In order to try a non-rib dish, we ordered the Piqueo chicken grill (grilled chicken plate), including wings, sweetbreads and hearts, with criolla sauce (limo chilli and coriander).

Piqueo chicken grill

Piqueo chicken grill (S/. 25, around $9.10)

Apart from the sauces the meats come smothered in, we were given some more sauces (for the chips, I guess): some kind of mayo, ketchup, coriander, and chilli. I must say the coriander sauce was unbelievably good. I could have it every day of my life on top of anything. I don’t know what they put in it, but it tasted exactly like seco. And mixed with the chilli sauce was out of this world.

Sauces

Sauces

As shown in the photos, all meals come with potato chips and a small salad. We did order a big Ensalada Mis Costillitas (signature salad) to share, which was kind of a let down: it was basically a mountain of shredded iceberg lettuce with some grated carrots, and tomato, onion, and avocado slices, with your choice of savoury or sweet vinagrette (savoury for us).

Ensalada Mis Costillitas

Ensalada Mis Costillitas (S/. 10, around $3.70)

You may think that’s enough grilled meat for the day but truth to be told, it wasn’t. In the afternoon Gladys and I went to the Buddhist centre to do a special meditation for dad, and stayed there for dinner. We had a BBQ with various cuts of meat (the Angus skirt steak was magnificent), regular chorizo, chorizo marrocano (stuffed with pecans and raisins), and morcilla. I prepared a simple salad, and some onions and mushrooms cooked in butter until super tender and sweet. We had a few bottles of wine and some pisco and called it a night.

Mercado El Edén
Av. Angamos Este 1715
Urb. Monterrico
Surco, Lima, Perú

Mis Costillitas
Av. Caminos de Inca 1609
Urb. Chacarilla
Surco, Lima, Perú
(511) 279 2784
www.miscostillitas.com


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