Peruvian Viagra (Leche de Tigre) and Other Upland Delights at Lima Limon

Peruvian Viagra (Leche de Tigre) and Other Upland Delights at Lima Limon

Tah-dah! Peruvian Viagra with all the fixin's.

While American men are popping little blue pills in the privacy of their boudoirs, Peruvians depend upon leche de tigre ("milk of the tiger"). It refers both to a multi-seafood ceviche in an extravagant quantity of milky fluid served in a soda-fountain glass, or to a shot glass of an enhanced version of the marinade, to which fish sauce and a proprietary combination of Andean herbs (often including maca root) have been added.

Peruvian Viagra (Leche de Tigre) and Other Upland Delights at Lima Limon

Stuffed mussels also come with a shot glass of Peruvian Viagra.

Men in Lima stand on street corners and knock back shot glasses of leche de tigre on the way home from work, or on the way to a date. Does it work? Try it for yourself, but if you believe, it will. Just like the little blue pill, but way less expensive. (Or you could try sitting in a pair of bathtubs and gazing at the setting sun.)

This week, Counter Culture invades Lima Limon, a new Peruvian restaurant in Elmhurst with a specialty in ceviches. Here are some pictures of the luscious (and sometimes arresting) food.

 

Peruvian Viagra (Leche de Tigre) and Other Upland Delights at Lima Limon

Ocopa is a dish of potatoes smothered in a dark green sauce laced with huacatay, a minty herb from the high sierra.

Peruvian Viagra (Leche de Tigre) and Other Upland Delights at Lima Limon

No, those aren't potatoes stewed with beef, but olluca, a different tuber entirely. The dish is called olluquito.

Peruvian Viagra (Leche de Tigre) and Other Upland Delights at Lima Limon

Here a juicy steak serves as a side for tallarin, an evolved form of Chinese lo mein.

Peruvian Viagra (Leche de Tigre) and Other Upland Delights at Lima Limon

And here's that same steak breaded and served with tacu-tacu, a creamy dish of rice and beans colored with turmeric.

Peruvian Viagra (Leche de Tigre) and Other Upland Delights at Lima Limon

Turmeric also flavors and colors the tripe stew called cau cau.

Peruvian Viagra (Leche de Tigre) and Other Upland Delights at Lima Limon

My crew one evening at Lima Limon.


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