The Lomo Saltado at El Marino was so good, I was craving it again the next day. Lomo saltado is a classic Peruvian dish that has Chinese influence. It is marinated beef stir-fry with onions, tomatoes, and french fries. Yes, french fries are in this dish! The fries soak up the sauce and gets soggy. The sauce is just so tasty; I wanted to mop up every last drop.
Upon doing some research, I found that there is a big community of Chinese in Peru. Most of the Chinese immigrants came from Southern China: Macau and Guangzhou during the 19th century as contract laborers. Today, Asian Peruvians make up about 5% of the total population in Peru.
This dish represents the fusion of the two cultures. I also tried the Sopa de Criolla which is a beef noodle soup with milk and poached egg. It’s delicious as well. Can’t wait to go back to El Marino.