What do flying machines and Peruvian cuisine have in common? They can both be experienced in Washington DC!
While I was in the Washington DC area, I had the chance to visit the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center) near Washington Dulles International Airport . I especially likes seeing all the astronaut gear and the space shuttle Discovery, as well as the Canadarm (or Shuttle Remote Manipulator System). If you’re interested, you can see all their collection directly on their website.
The most tryonaut part of my travel was the meal at China Chilcano, a restaurant offering dishes from Peru. It may sound a little weird, but Peru’s cuisine is a mix of Chifa (Chinese cuisine with traditional Peruvian ingredients), Criollo (native Peruvian cuisine) and Nikkei (Japanese-inspired dishes using native techniques and ingredients from Peru). This is because in the late 19th century, Chinese and Japanese settlers traveled to Peru and brought their cooking traditions to the multicultural Peruvian cuisine.
We were a group and we ordered many dishes that we shared:
- Chifles Chiferos con Salsa (Criollo): Crispy plantain and taro root chips, sweet potato-rocoto sauce, Chinese five spice
- Lengua de Pato (Criollo): Duck tongue, cape gooseberry !!!
- Kam Lu Wantán (Chifa): Crispy shrimp-pork dumpling, hoisin-tamarind sauce, furikake
- Siu Mai Chifa, Dorado (Chifa): pork, shrimp, jicama, shiitake mushroom, peanut, topped with golden egg
- Ceviche Clásico (Criollo): Fish of the day, leche de tigre, sweet potato, red onion, cancha, cilantro
- Aeropuerto (Chifa): Fried rice, egg noodle, crisp sweet potato, seasonal vegetables, soy bean sprout
- Concolón (Chifa): Crispy fried rice pot, pork belly, egg, lap chong sausage, shiitake mushroom, bok choy, chi-racha
This was my first eating of duck tongue, it does not have any particular taste, it mostly tasted the spices on it.
I got pictures!
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Tell us about a museum you saw or some exotic food you experienced while traveling.