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Friday, June 17, 2011

Sanguchon, a Peruvian Sandwich Truck, Debuts at Off the Grid

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Sanguchon's pan con chicharron, $8. - JONATHAN KAUFFMAN
  • Jonathan Kauffman
  • Sanguchon's pan con chicharron, $8.

Though SFoodie learned of the existence of Sanguchon, a Peruvian sandwich truck, in January, it took a few months for chef Carlos Altamirano (Mochica, Piqueo's, La Costanera) to get the truck up and running. But last night, Altamirano and his crew debuted at the Upper Haight Off the Grid, attracting the longest lines among the 10 trucks gathered.

  • Jonathan Kauffman

A sanguchon is a monster sanguche, the Hispanicization of "sandwich." (If you understand Spanish, there's a video of celebrity chef Gastón Acurio touring Lima's sangucherias.)

Altamirano's $7-$8 sanguchones aren't exactly monstrous, but they are chubby,

crusty rolls stuffed with classic Peruvian dishes like pollo a la brasa

(spit-roasted chicken) and lomo saltado (steak stir-fried with french

fries). The chef contains creamier, sloppier stews like aji de gallina

into burritolike wraps, and fries up sweet potatoes, yuca, and

plantains on the side for $4.

The most classic sanguchon on the menu: pan con chicharron -- chunks

of slow-roasted pork shoulder slathered in mayonnaise and topped with a

sweet potato slice and salsa criolla, or lime-tart red onions. Is

Sanguchon's pan con chicharron as majestic as the one El Perol makes? Not yet. But it's early days: According to its Facebook page, the truck will have lots of time to perfect its recipes parking at the corner of 17th and Carolina streets in Potrero Hill, every day from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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