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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Food Truck Bite of the Week: Peruvian Pork Sandwiches at Sanguchon

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

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Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks.

The Truck: Sanguchon Peruvian Food Truck

The Cuisine: Peruvian style sandwiches, wraps, and snacks

Specialty Items: Peruvian sandwiches, aka sanguches

Worth the Wait in Line? Usually: at peak lunchtime, it was a two-minute wait to order, 15 minutes for the food to be ready.

The Peruvian sandwich (sanguche) isn't quite on the same level of familiarity as other iconic dishes of the South American country like ceviche or pisco sours, but if the Sanguchon (the Peruvian Spanish name for "huge sandwich") truck has its way, they will. By combining roasted or braised meats with crackly toasted bread, a few pickled items, and a little mayo, the traditional sandwich is somewhere between a Mexican torta and Vietnamese banh mi.

See Also:

- Sanguchon, a Peruvian Sandwich Truck, Debuts at Off the Grid

- Pan Con Chicharron from El Perol

Sanguchon's version of the Pan con Chicharron ($8, pork loin, fried sweet potatoes, marinated red onion, aji pepper and rocoto pepper aioli) may make a believer out of you. A crusty toasted round bun came layered with crisp-edged slices of loin that were juicy and surprisingly lean; sweet potatoes woven in added a nice sweetness. A mat of lime-juice-pickled red onions brightened up the sandwich, though there wasn't enough aioli in the sandwich for my taste. With meat so lean, it needed a little fattiness, in some form. Overall, it's a great sandwich and generously filled.

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  • Lou Bustamante

If you're not in a sandwich or waiting mood, the Alfajores ($5 for two) cookies are superb. Two perfectly brittle cookies, like a crumbly version of a sugar cookie, fix a dense pad of dulce de leche caramel that is surprisingly light. The powdered sugar coating makes for messy eating, and not even the most discrete eater will escape the bursts of sugar after each bite.

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