Will a Miami Ceviche keep them from biting you? Short Order called several Peruvian joints out of our extensive restaurant database to find out.
Adriana Restaurant said "We have a lot of plates," Aromas Del Peru said "All of our ceviches are the best because our cooker is the best," and the dude who answered the phone at La Cofradia at 160 Andalusia Ave conceded it was possible. The conversation went something like this...
LC: La Cofradia, can I help you?
NT: Yeah, hello, I heard ceviche is good to keep mosquitoes from biting...
LC: Hmm. This the first time I hear that...
NT: Yeah it's something about ceviche and stuff like that and things of that nature, something about the enzymes. Which one do you recommend?
LC: I think that the Rocoto Chili or maybe the Yellow Chili will be good for that. Maybe the spice have something to do with it?
NT: Okay, thanks I'm on my way.
The Aji Amarillo lunch costs $11 and is made from "Fresh diced fish of the day marinated in Leche De Tigre and Yellow Chili Paste."
The Rocoto lunch costs $12 and is made from "Shrimp, Octopus and Scallops marinated in Leche De Tigre and Rocoto Chili Paste."
In the process of writing this I realized I have no idea what Leche De Tigre is so I called back and found out that it's the juice made from lime, celery, garlic, salt and Lima chili pepper that is used to cook the ceviche. I also learned that "the juice that stays on the plate after you're done eating, sometimes you mix it with Pisco (Peruvian brandy) or Vodka and do a shot of that." If that don't keep the skeeters away so be it, at least you won't get stung on the bill.