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October 13, 2012

Peruvian Gastronomic Week

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I received an invitation to a Peruvian dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, in conjunction with The Peruvian Gastronomic Week. It was my first time trying Peruvian food, so I’ll be sharing what I thought of the food from a first-timer’s perspective.

Now that I’m no longer based in KL, getting into KL after work hours is hellish, especially when it rains. So I drove home, got a lift to the LRT station, stopped at KLCC and walked to the hotel. By the time I got to Cesar’s, people had started eating and the once beautifully arranged food spread wasn’t as neat looking anymore.

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Ceviche

Ceviche? Looks foreign, but yes please. And oh dear lord it was good. So good that I had not two, not three, but four servings of this. I think I shocked the chef. :mrgreen: This piquant dish of raw fish, ‘cooked’ with lime juice and spiced with chilli peppers was lovely. I loved the tangy, spicy, sweet, salty and peppery flavours – like a burst of sensations in my mouth.

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Besides the traditional ceviche, I also enjoyed the tuna and salmon ceviche. These were less robust in flavour, but with a creamier texture. The mash potato and yellow chilli stuffed with chicken salad made a delicious appetizer. As were the potatos with huancaina sauce.

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Salmon ceviche

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Mash potato and yellow chilli stuffed with chicken salad

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Seafood and sundried chilli soup

I also have to rave about the seafood and sundried chilli soup. Who would have thought something that simple would pack so much flavour? One sip and I was head over heels in love. Packed with seafood flavour and the sweet aroma of chilli, the broth was perfect on that rainy night.

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Peruvian Duck Northen Paella was also delicious, especially if you eat the thigh or drumstick. rif really enjoyed this, and went back for seconds and thirds. I was still hung up on my ceviche. The seafood and potato stew had a nutty aftertaste – similar to our local satay sauce, but a lot milder.

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Desserts were good too. I nibbled bits of each from rif, because I was still working on my fourth serving of ceviche and third bowl of seafood soup. Much to the amusement of Executive Chef Rafael Lopez-Aliaga and his team, from JW Marriott Hotel in Lima.

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Three milk cake

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If you must know, I smelt like ceviche the whole night. rif didn’t even want to kiss me goodnight. But I didn’t mind. Because I had ceviche. :lol:

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Chicha Morada

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Pisco Sour

The Peruvian Gastronomic Dinner starts from 10th to 16th October 2012 and is priced at RM180++ per person (with two pisco sours). Call 03-2142 8000 or e-mail [email protected] to make a reservation.

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Cesar’s
The Ritz-carlton Kuala Lumpur
168 Jalan Imbi
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Time: 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Tel: 03-2142 8000

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7 Responses

  1. Kash

    Guinea pig springs to mind reading this,lol.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      No la. Not like that. ;)

      1. Kash

        No, I think you got me wrong, if I’m not mistaken the Peruvian people have a delicacy which is fried guinea pig,lol.

        1. Bangsar Babe

          Oh…lol. Sorry! :P

          I didn’t know they eat guinea pigs. :shock:

          1. Kash

            Try searching Tony Bourdain’s Food Adventure series, it’s in that..

          2. Bangsar Babe

            Thanks!

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