Sunday, August 23, 2015

Siwichi Peruvian Fusion Food Truck, Bradenton, Fla.

Siwichi Peruvian Fusion Food Truck serves delicious Peruvian food. Twenty one year old, Peruvian born, owner/Chef Diego Salazar, formerly of Miami, runs his Peruvian fusion food truck with a passion. His business, less than one year, is located at the front of Darwin Brewing Company near McKechnie Field, in Bradenton, Florida.

Siwichi S3 Burger, Siwichi Peruvian Fusion Food Truck, Bradenton
Copyright 2015 by Helen A Lockey
He serves ceviche two ways: the traditional way with chunks of fresh fish tossed in lime juice, and deep fried tempura batter coated way. He also has Peruvian favorites like Tigers Milk and Salchipapas (made with beef sausage, hot dogs and French fries).

Salazar worked at several Miami restaurants like Dr. Limon (in Kendal) and La Mar (in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel), where he learned about sourcing local ingredients, before moving to Sarasota to train under Chef Darwin Santa Maria at Darwin’s on 4th in Sarasota. One month after his arrival Darwin’s on 4th closed.

Salazar transitioned to cooking with Santa Maria for Darwin's Food Truck until Santa Maria left to go on a world culinary tour leaving Salazar deciding what he wanted to do with his life. He liked the idea of raising his family on the west coast and decided to stay and try and make a success of the food truck.

I met him when the food truck was still displaying Darwin's name but the menu bared the name Siwichi (Quechuan for ceviche).

I had his newest creation—Siwichi S3 Burger—made with a hand shaped beef patty, melted provolone cheese, strawberry rocoto aioli, quinoa avocado cream, tomato, lettuce and a S3 pineapple coconut bun. It came with a choice of regular or sweet potato fries. I chose the sweet potatoes. I also got two pieces of bacon added to this delicious creation.

The fries were addictively creamy, crunchy, sweet and salty all at the same time. They went beautifully with the moist, tasty burger. 

I found out the bun came from a local bakery called S3 Sugar Cubed that sources many of its ingredients locally.

If you are in the Bradenton area go and check out Siwichi Food Truck at 803 17th Ave. W, Bradenton, FL  34205
Phone: 786-759-5228

They are open from 4-10 p.m. on Wednesdays & Thursdays, 4-11 p.m. on Fridays, 1 - 11 p.m. on Saturdays, and 12-8 p.m. on Sundays.

If you are lucky you'll arrive on day when they are making food that pairs with the beer from the brewery.

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