DX Peruvian Closes in Santa Ana; Inka Mama's Takes Over
DX Peruvian--the restaurant at the corner of Bristol and Sunflower next to Bella Cuba and technically in Santa Ana although it's directly across from South Coast Plaza--has closed and now become the fourth branch of Inka Mama's. The switch-over happened this week.
The lomo saltado is near perfect. The fries are still slightly crispy, a sign that they were just deep-fried before they were added to the stir fry; the onions are softened just so, it's spiciness exorcised leaving nothing but sweetness; and the meat isn't dry or ropy, indicating that it was indeed seared on the wok. But most importantly, this saltado doesn't leave behind a soupy mess on the plate. It is an actual stir-fry. After all, it's a chifa-dish, Peruvian-Chinese food born from a blazing wok.
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