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Peruvian food truck El Ajicito open for business

El Ajicito food truck, specializing in Peruvian food, has hit the streets of Sacramento.
El Ajicito food truck, specializing in Peruvian food, has hit the streets of Sacramento. Courtesy of Al Ajicito

In March, we introduced you to Norka Lema, the chef and owner of a much anticipated mobile food vendor El Ajicito, which specializes in Peruvian food and all its multicultural influences.

At the time of the interview, her truck wasn’t quite ready to hit the road. Well, El Ajicito is now mobile.

On April 9, it will be serving from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 11150 International Drive in Rancho Cordova (otherwise known as the California Department of Child Support Services building).

The truck’s menu will rotate with three sandwiches weekly, plus an assortment of side dishes. The truck itself is named after the signature pepper of Peru, and will be included in most food items.

El Ajicito’s foods reflect the mash-up of worldly flavors celebrated by Peruvian cuisine. The “pan con lomo saltado” bridges the worlds of stir-fry and sandwiches with sautéed beef and veggies served inside a roll. The “salchipapas” includes a deep fried Polish sausage on a bed of fries and topped with salsa.

And for those looking to expand their food truck soda offerings beyond the bottles of Mexican Coca-Cola, El Ajicito offers Inca Kola from Peru and a purple corn drink in a bottle called “chicha morada.”

Call The Bee’s Chris Macias, (916) 321-1253. Follow him on Twitter @chris_macias.

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