May 24, 2024
Sabor Peruano, near Osan Air Base, South Korea, achieves what feels like a true rendering of the Peruvian taste and feel.

Sabor Peruano, near Osan Air Base, South Korea, achieves what feels like a true rendering of the Peruvian taste and feel. (Luis Garcia/Stars and Stripes)

Far removed from the Americas, a restaurant with strong and rich Hispanic flavors stands out from those around it in South Korea.

Sabor Peruano, in the Songtan district of Pyeongtaek, a five-minute walk from the main gate at Osan Air Base, is such a place. The staff warmly receives you and seats you at a table where you’ll find a bowl of chips along with salsa dips.

Sabor Peruano, near Osan Air Base, South Korea, achieves what feels like a true rendering of the Peruvian taste and feel.

Sabor Peruano, near Osan Air Base, South Korea, achieves what feels like a true rendering of the Peruvian taste and feel. (Luis Garcia/Stars and Stripes)

One downside is that the menu comes only in Korean, but it includes pictures of each selection, and the staff can provide a translation to either English or Spanish.

With some help, I decided on the bistec a lo pobre for 18,000 won, or about $13.50, a tasty dish of thin sliced steak chunks over french fries and served with a fried banana and a sunny-side egg over white rice.

Although not the world’s fanciest dish, it was certainly a delicious experience, and I attribute that to its simplicity and the meal’s humble origins.

Sabor Peruano offers Peruvian and Puerto Rican dishes near Osan Air Base, South Korea.

Sabor Peruano offers Peruvian and Puerto Rican dishes near Osan Air Base, South Korea. (Luis Garcia/Stars and Stripes)

The menu also offers a small selection of Puerto Rican dishes, from which my friend ordered a tripletta, a submarine sandwich of chicken, ham and steak, for 15,000 won.

Any cuisine replicated outside of its country of origin is often skewed, not exactly as advertised. Sabor Peruano, however, achieves what feels like a true rendering of the Peruvian taste and feel.

Sabor Peruano offers Peruvian and Puerto Rican dishes near Osan Air Base, South Korea.

Sabor Peruano offers Peruvian and Puerto Rican dishes near Osan Air Base, South Korea. (Luis Garcia/Stars and Stripes)

Sabor Peruano

Location: 10, Jungang market-ro 19 beon-gil, Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday; noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: Appetizers and entrees range from 10,000 won to 20,000 won, and desserts at 6,000 won.

Dress: Casual

Directions: Five-minute walk from Osan Air Base’s main gate or seven minutes from Songtan Station.

Information: 031-666-1908

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