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Peruvian anticucho stall among ‘world’s best-kept secrets’
I first read about Doña Grimanesa Vargas in Peru this Week and then later also read about her in Time magazine. When I was living in Peru while a child, the football stadium was the place to go to find anticucho stalls and I could not believe that somebody was selling them in Miraflores now, the suburb where I used to live and this is the link: grimanesavargasanticuchos.com
As a Peruvian I was excited to discover that Time was now spreading the word to the world! “For nearly 40 years, the legendary Doña Grimanesa Vargas has cooked her anticuchos—the Peruvian take on kebabs—to perfection. Most of that time was spent on the same street corner in Lima’s Miraflores district, but as her fame grew, so did the queues,” the magazine wrote.
Grimanesa’s anticuchos, Time says, eventually drew in so many people, that she opened up her own restaurant in 2011. The meat is tender, the marinade is delicious and it’s well worth the wait for a seat,” the magazine added.
Anticuchos (singular anticucho, Quechua for cut stew meat) are popular and inexpensive dishes that originated in Peru, also popular in other Andean states consisting of small pieces of grilled skewered meat.
The meat is marinated in vinegar and spices (such as cumin, ají pepper and garlic), and while anticuchos can be made of any type of meat, the most popular are made of beef heart (anticuchos de corazón), although I guess most tourists buying them would have no idea about the meat they are made of! When I was living in Australia, back in the 1970's and we wanted to prepare anticuchos for a party, the only place to get beef hearts was to look for them in the pet food section! Anticuchos are usually served with corn and a boiled potato.
Choclo, or Peruvian corn is a large kernel corn from the Andes. It is consumed in parts of Central and South America, especially in Peru and Colombia. The oversized kernels are described as less sweet than other types of corn. Choclo is used in the making of arepas in Colombia and also for pastel de choclo. Peruvian corn is also white in color, not yellow.
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