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East Eats West
At China Hut on OBT, ignore the classic Hunan Beef and Moo Goo Gai Pan and ask for the Peruvian-style menu. Then order a bottle of chicha morada ($2.50). It looks daunting, but the violet Peruvian drink made from purple corn is fragrant and refreshing.
If you don’t speak Spanish or Mandarin, use your index finger to indicate your desire for a plate of arroz chaufa de mariscos ($9.50): fried rice served the Peruvian way – heaped on a plate and overflowing with pearly scallops, pink shrimp, and tender calamari rings.
For something with a little more heat and a striking flavor, move your finger just slightly down the menu to the ceviche mixto ($10.50)The ceviche, marinated in the juices of limes and lemons, defies the nouvelle-American version with sea scallops and instead marinates tender whitefish, shrimp, and calamari in a spicy mélange of red onion, cilantro, and jalapeno. It is served with a few pieces of chilled potato and a handful of cancha – toasted and salted Peruvian corn nuts.
While China Hut’s traditional Chinese fare may be less-than-remarkable, the flavors of