+
Restaurants & Bars

Sparkling streetside ceviche in diamond district

J. DiStefano | Oct 20, 200002:46 PM     2

After learning that one of my fave ceviche spots Rinconcito Peruano (9 Ave. @ 55 or so) wouldn't have anything ready until after 2 p.m, my co-worker Mark and I decided to see if Soup Kitchen International was open yet. But first we took a detour to check out a lady he saw selling some form of South American goodies on the south side of 47 Street. About ten storefronts or so in we saw her standing over two coolers and a large insulated bag. At first I don't think she quite knew why we were there.

When prompted ,she said she had Spanish food -- chicken and seafood paella. Mark asked what type of Spanish food and she proudly said from Peru. That's when I knew we had hit upon something. When I told her my girlfriend was Peruvian, she asked me if I ate ceviche. What luck. She reached into the cooler and retrieved a small container that was densely packed with ceviche mixto. She then took out a small ziplock baggie of cancha, or salted roasted corn kernels, a traditional garnish. To top it off she threw some peppermint gum, a mint, and some really good hot sauce. No doubt, the mint was to mask the rich onion and ginger marinade. At $5 the healthy portion of shrimp, fish, chopped squid and conch was a steal. I guess I'll have to check out SKI another time.

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

How to Stick to Healthy Eating Resolutions for the New Year
Guides

How to Stick to Healthy Eating Resolutions for the New Year

by Brianne Garrett | New year, new me. It’s a popular mantra that we all tell ourselves going into a new year—vowing that...

5 Plant-Based Swaps for the Carbs You Crave
Guides

5 Plant-Based Swaps for the Carbs You Crave

by Gretchen Lidicker | Trying to cut carbohydrates? There are plenty of great plant-based substitutes for your favorite carbs...

13 Easy Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Cooking
Guides

13 Easy Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Cooking

by Dan McKay and Jen Wheeler | These easy, healthy ingredient swaps are proof that eating healthy doesn't have to be a chore. Even...

9 Easy Low Sugar Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day Off Right
Recipe Round-Ups

9 Easy Low Sugar Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day Off Right

by Gretchen Lidicker | If you want to eat less sugar, finding no-sugar and low sugar breakfast recipes that are both easy...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.