Best of Houston® 2020: Best Ceviche

Peruvian ceviche is a signature dish at Pacha Nikkei.EXPAND
Peruvian ceviche is a signature dish at Pacha Nikkei.
Photo by Masaru Fukuda
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Best Ceviche: Pacha Nikkei

Ceviche is the national dish of Peru, so when chef Masaru Fukuda, who was born in Lima, debuted Japanese-Peruvian food stand Pacha Nikkei at Politan Row food hall in Rice Village, it was a given that ceviche would feature on the menu. And sure enough, ceviche has emerged as one of the must-try dishes at this sleek new hotspot. For spicy food lovers, the chalaco, Fukuda’s mixed seafood ceviche, in which he incorporates aji amarillo, aji limo and rocoto pepper, is excellent.

But for a taste of Peru, you won’t go wrong with the simple, unadulterated Peruvian ceviche. Made of mahi mahi chopped into cubes and flash-marinated in a leche de tigre of dashi, lime and vegetables, with choclo, cancha, sweet potato puree and red onions, it looks and tastes just like something you’d get on the streets of Lima — right here in Houston.

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