Friday, 31 July 2015

Peruvian Promotion, La Bodega, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Machu Picchu, Peru. Photo credit: Magnus von Koeller


A Peruvian Adventure, La Bodega, Kuala Lumpur

Words by Bob Busk
Photos by The Yum List (Monica Tindall)

The country of Peru offers a rich buffet of exquisite scenery and diverse landscapes.  It is home to one of the world’s greatest biodiversity due to its climate and geography.  From the picturesque beaches on the west to the steamy tropical jungles in the east, separated by the towering Andes Mountains, Peru is home to 28 of the world’s existing 32 climates.  The variation in climate, geography and altitude allow for distinct growing regions providing a wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruits.  Add to that harvest from the land and sea, throw in immigrant cooking influences from Europe, Asia, West Africa and the indigenous populations and you have the makings for heavenly gastronomy.

To showcase Peruvian cuisine, La Bodega, together with the Embassy of Peru, will be hosting “A Peruvian Adventure” at all the La Bodega restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and Malacca throughout the month of August.  A fine selection of Peruvian tapas created by Chef Basilio and refreshing Pisco cocktails concocted by mixologist Denise Olsen will be available all month.

Pulpo al Olivo – The flavors of the thinly sliced octopus imported directly from Spain are highlighted by the rich flavors of Peruvian chimichurri, black olives, finely sliced red onions and peppers and just the right amount of sea salt. Dollops of olive emulsion sauce are placed in each corner for your dipping pleasure.

Peruvian Promotion, La Bodega, Kuala Lumpur
Pulpo al Olivo
Ceviche – A feast for your eyes as well as your taste buds, this ceviche is fresh and flavorful. Copious amounts of tender sole are complimented with diced avocado and tomatoes and Leche de Tigre.  Cassava chips (tapioca chips) adorn the dish and add crunchy texture to this citrus flavored delicacy.

Peruvian Promotion, La Bodega, Kuala Lumpur
Ceviche
Papas a la Huancaína – You may add a pound or two to your waist as you bite into these sumptuous potato slices topped with cream cheese and aji amarillo. Crab meat is sprinkled along the top. With such rich and delicious flavors, who cares about gaining weight!!

Peruvian Promotion, La Bodega, Kuala Lumpur
Papas a la Huancaína
Beef TiraditoTiradito is derived from the word “tirar,” which means “to throw.” Tiradito is the Peruvian cousin to sashimi and ceviche. Razor thin Carpaccio slices are marinated in soya sauce, aji rocoto and lime juice.  This dish is meant to be “thrown” into your mouth and savored!!!!!

Peruvian Promotion, La Bodega, Kuala Lumpur
Beef Tiradito
Mixologist Denise Olson cut her teeth in the food and beverage industry in New York City and now brings her many talents to La Bodega Telawi 2.  Throughout the month, Denise will be mixing up traditional Peruvian cocktails as well as a few inventions guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Pisco Sour – This traditional Peruvian cocktail contains Peruvian Pisco as the base liquor, freshly squeezed lemon juice, bitters, sugar syrup and frothy egg whites.  This is a refreshing drink that is both sweet and sour at the same time. Try pairing this with the Pulpo al Olivo.

Peruvian Promotion, La Bodega, Kuala Lumpur
Pisco Sour
Pisco Passion – Similar to the Pisco Sour but the addition of passion fruit puree adds just enough fruity flavor to make this drink stand on its own. It’s smooth and flavorful.

Peruvian Promotion, La Bodega, Kuala Lumpur
Pisco Passion
Pisco Tang – Exhilarating and fresh sans the foam, a perfect partner to all the tapas.  This drink feels like a beautiful summer day.

Peruvian Promotion, La Bodega, Kuala Lumpur
Pisco Tang
Pisco Strawberry – Reminiscent of a smooth strawberry milkshake, it compliments the Beef Tiradito: sweet and fruity with a little punch from the Pisco.

Peruvian Promotion, La Bodega, Kuala Lumpur
Pisco Fresa
Pisco Yerba Buena – Yerba Buena, or “spearmint,” is a Pisco drink without the fizz.  It is a true pleasure to look at this “work of art.”  Slices of oranges and limes show through the glass and a fine lemon twist adorns the top. The sprig of yerba buena adds a touch of mint to the flavor of this drink.  Perfect with the ceviche.

Peruvian Promotion, La Bodega, Kuala Lumpur
Pisco Yerba Buena
Peruvian Promotion, La Bodega, Kuala Lumpur
Pisco Chiclano - our favourite with a little gingery tang
You many not be able to fly to Peru for a holiday, but you can certainly enjoy the food and beverages of this diverse country. Take advantage of the one month “Peruvian Adventure” at La Bodega.

Participating outlets:
La Bodega, Bangsar Telawi 2
La Bodega, Bangsar Shopping Center
La Bodega, Pavilion KL
La Bodega, Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang
La Bodega,The Shore Shopping Gallery, Malacca

15 comments:

  1. That all looks so delicious. Bugger the weight gain, riding my Andalusian will remove that.
    So good that the Embassy of Peru is cooperating in this food promotion.

    Yes Lima, Peru, is a bit of a problem for people from KL, and all parts of Malaysia and Australia to get to
    but I believe it is a land of fascinating contrasts. Also to anyone going there, ensure
    your have bullet proof top travel insurance. A daughter of a friend of mine had a serious
    accident in Peru - fortunately she had cast iron top insurance. But that is another off
    the subject story - but readers have been warned - insurance always for o/seas travel.

    Cheers
    Colin - the late arriving Twin Cordobes.
    PS: Absolute incredible winter weather here for last day of July - cloudless and
    with some warmth in the sun. Now bloody August and what ?????????????

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    1. Peruvian cuisine is one of my most loved from around the world. They balance flavours so perfectly and add spice for flavour without overpowering the mouth with heat.
      Peru indeed is a stunning country to visit. Mountains, ocean, lakes, culture, art and food - all mind blowing.
      Fingers crossed your pleasant July weather will cross over into August.

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  2. Peruvian? Interesting! I sure would love the chance to try. Ah! There is sole. I would expect fish to feature a lot in their menu considering that it is a major source of that in the world.

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    1. Ceviche... similar to that Sabahan dish of hinava. Love it!

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  3. Peru? Freshly blended live frogs? :P

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    1. Hee hee... and no! Not here! I much prefer the delights of fish, salad, quinoa...

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  4. Ooo....I would love to try this also...never had Peruvian cuisine before :)

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    1. Oh... now this is a cuisine definitely worth exploring.

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  5. The food does look appetising....I like drinks with lemon, just gives a beaut taste..

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    1. The Pisco Sours are fab! I like the sourness of the lemon too.

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  6. What? No cuy meat!? ;) He he...
    I'd probably give it a go.
    I know they're too cute... Hey but piglets are cute too right. :)

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    1. Just the crowd pleasers on this menu. :-)

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  7. The drinks look lovely....we missed a chance to go to Peru this last winter. The drinks look very refreshing.

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    1. Peru is a fantastic country to visit. It does help if you speak Spanish or have a Spanish speaking friend. Some amazing sites and cuisine.

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  8. Peruvian cuisine is definitely interesting! Would love to visit some day........ xoxo

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