Posted on | May 12, 2010 | 11 Comments
As McDonalds, KFC and Burger King become more and more ubiquitous throughout Lima, my kids favorite fast food is still the original Peruvian fast food – salchipapas.
Salchipapa gets its name from the ingredients – salchicha (hot dog) and papa (potato). The potatoes are sliced up home fry style, and fried in oil. The hot dogs are sliced in thin, diagonal slices and also fried, then served on top of the potatoes.
The dish comes with a variety of sauces, usually ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard, and frequently with some type of aji or spicy pepper sauce. Salchipapa ‘especial’ has a fried egg on top. There’s also a variation called ‘choripapas’ that’s made using chorizo instead of hot dogs.
You know how when you go to a fast food joint, they always have a kid’s meal – that’s how salchipapas got started. As far as I can tell, they are the original ‘kid’s meal’ at the pollerias – restaurants that serve the Peruvian pollo a la brasa (rotisserie chicken). But the best way to eat them is from little paper cones from street vendors, with all the sauces dumped on top, and everything’s a big mess. I think messy food always tastes the best.
They’re very easy to make at home, of course, and make a great ‘lonche’ for the boys in the evenings. I asked 13 year old Chino if there’s anything else I should say about salchipapas, and he said to tell you ‘son ricos’ – they’re delicious.
And if you’d like a recipe for salchipapa sauce, try Golf Sauce.
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