Lomo Saltado, Anyone? We fell in love with this dish after trying it at the very popular Mario’s Peruvian Restaurant on Melrose. Every time we head over there, we order this particular dish–beef, tomato, red onions, and FRIES!!!! Who would have thunk of stir frying fries into their food? Bloody Brilliant Peruvians!
We decided to give it a try in making this dish, and we have perfected it over the years to suit our taste buds. It’s not that difficult to make, and is a very worthwhile dish to try. For those of you who have not tried this dish before, you will be surprised and hooked on this tasty meal–sweet onions + salt-tangy fries, and juicy meat. . This dish is served with garlic rice and in this entry, we will teach you a very easy way to make garlic rice.
Here it goes!
What You Need:
- French fries
- Red Onion
- 1 Tomato
- Soy Sauce
- Rice Vinegar
- Salt and Pepper
- spices to taste–optional
What to Do:
Cut the tomato and Onion like so:
Cut the steak into strips and salt and pepper the meat. During the wait time (~30 minutes, put the fries into an oven and bake. Also, cook some rice in the rice cooker.
Heat up a frying pan to VERY high heat. When the pan is ready, apply oil and cook the steak strips.
When the meat has browned, add in the onions and tomato. Continue to saute.
We like to cook the onions until they are somewhat soft. Once you can see that they are, get the soy sauce, and drizzle it on there. You don’t need much. We would say..oh, about 1-1 and 1/2 tablespoon.
Next, do the same with the rice vinegar. Depending on how much you put the vinegar, your dish will be more or less tangy. We usually use about 1/2 tablespoon of rice vinegar.
We are almost there. At this time, you can add in your various spices–black pepper, cayenne, paprika, etc. This is optional, of course.
Now it’s time for the fries! Here is the picture right after the oven:
Now grab that tray, and gently pour the fries into the pan. Over the years, we found out that the longer we stirred the fries into the mixture, the more soggy the fries would turn out. So, reserve this is step as the last and quickest step. You are just going to add the fries, stir about three times, and turn off the heat.
Oh so Yummy looking! This part is DONE. You can totally now enjoy this by itself…OR read on ahead to make the garlic rice! So easy, we promise!
Garlic Rice Recipe
What You Need:
- Rice (we used basmati)
- Garlic (1-2)
- lemon juice-optional
What to Do:
Before you make the lomo saltado, cook the rice.
Dice the garlic into small pieces.
Heat up a fry pan and melt the butter.
Add in the garlic. Now this is an optional step. Put in a good squirt of lemon juice.
Now, gently brown the garlic….barely brown. We tilted the fry pan this way so that the garlic would be fully immersed in the butter.
Next, turn off the heat and open up the top of our rice cooker. The rice should already be done. Pour all the contents of the fry pan into the rice container.
Now, stir stir stir.
The garlic rice is done! Can you believe how quick that was? When you taste the rice, you will definitely taste that tint of garlic and butter. Fantastic!
Now that the rice and lomo saltado are done. Plate the two, and enjoy your meal! (they make fantastic leftovers, by the way. ) Thank us later. Bye!