Peruvian cuisine arrives in north Edmond
EDMOND — The Peruvian culinary revolution has reached north Edmond. William Chunga, who hails from Lima, Peru, has owned and operated Mama Veca Mexican/Peruvian Restaurant in Norman since Dec. 7, 2007. About three weeks ago, he opened a second location at Danforth and Kelly in the space occupied by the original Poblano Grill.
Juan Castro, formerly of the Peruvian chicken specialists El Pollon de OKC in south Oklahoma City, is managing Mama Veca north. The menu offers Tex-Mex standards, but the authentic Peruvian dishes stand out.
Mama Veca joins Zarate's Latin Mexican Grill, 706 S Broadway in Edmond, in offering Edmond diners flavors from South America. Jorge Zarate, also from Lima, offers some Tex-Mex standards along with menu items from Latin America.
Both places specialize in Peruvian cuisine, which includes ceviche, for which Peru is renowned, and Lomo Saltado.
Mama Veca also offers jalea, which is a fried version of the ceviche recipe, chile-and-dairy inspired papas a la huancaina, and the Peruvian version of Chinese fried rice called chaufas.
For more information, go online to mamavecarestaurant.com and zarateslatingrill.com.
— Dave Cathey