Aji de Gallina at Morocho, Dish #83

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Morocho is a really good food cart that usually parks on the sidewalk (because it can!) just south of 15th Street and Union Square West, next to a line of food trucks. It claims to serve "Peruvian Fusion," and that's partly true, though a large share of the menu is unreconstructed Peruvian food of high quality for the price.

Aji de Gallina, which translates something like "Yowie of Hen," is often regarded as the national dish. It consists of shredded chicken immersed in a cheese and tumeric sauce, which is wonderfully mellow. The compound rests upon some sliced white potatoes, while the purple potatoes hand around on top with an egg and some sliced Peruvian purple olives. This is a wonderful lunch.

Aji is the name of the spicy yellow pepper that is at the heart of Peruvian cuisine. Supposedly, it's the sound of you screaming when you eat it.


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Berni45
Berni45

I am a regular at Morocho. Their aji de gallina is amazing. I love spicy and asked why they didn't make it spicy, the answer was simple "80 percent of the people won't eat it." Their solution is you can ask for a rocotto and habanero sauce that is as spicy as they come! amazing. I love their vegetarian option as well, the shitake and button mushroom taco is great! I hope they open a restaurant!

howdini
howdini

I LOVE aji de gallina, but I found Morocho's to be incredibly disappointing: severely lacking in flavor and spicy kick. Remember Rinconcito Peruano, in Hell's Kitchen? They made a bitchin' version; I've been trying to find a plate as good as theirs since they closed, with no luck.

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