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Gigi's Peruvian fusion food truck gets bigger

2014-06-05T00:00:00Z Gigi's Peruvian fusion food truck gets biggerBy Gerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 05, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Sandra Campana, owner of the Gigi’s Mexican & Peruvian Fusion food truck, is gearing for an upgrade this month.

Within the next few weeks, Campana will switch her busy business over to a new vehicle, a 20-foot long Ford Kurbmaster that is significantly larger than her current mobile eatery.

Campana launched Gigi’s last September, but feels she has already reached the limits of what she can do with her space.

Among her new truck’s appliance offerings is a double-door fridge and a 36-inch flattop grill, up from the 18 inches she has to work with.

“This truck is too small for me now,” Campana said about her 1984 Ford P30 step-van. “I am selling more, making more. People keep calling me for events. I need the room.”

Campana is from Culiacán in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Her husband is from Lima, Peru, which is where the idea of the fusion food truck came about.

“When we got married, we started cooking together,” Campana said. “I found that his spices were very close to my spices.”

The truck offers a selection of tortas, as well as traditional Mexican and Peruvian dishes, each incorporating flavors from her native country and his, Campana said.

The traditional Peruvian lomo saltado, for example, comes with sirloin strips, cooked with sautéed onions, tomatoes, and peppers, that can be ordered as a torta ($9) or as a plate on its own ($8).

The truck carries Peruvian beverages such as Inca Kola, maracuya and chicha morada drinks.

Campana said her secret weapon is the aji amarillo chile pepper, one of the most commonly used peppers in Peruvian cuisine.

She says the aji peppers have more flavor and less spice to them.

“We order them online,” Campana said. “They are so difficult to get around here.”

The new Gigi’s will tentatively hit the streets on June 15. In the meantime, follow Gigi’s truck at letseat.at/gigismexicanfood or check out Gigi’s Facebook page.

The truck plans to be at Tap & Bottle, 403 N. Sixth Ave., at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Contact reporter Gerald M. Gay at ggay@azstarnet.com or 807-8430.

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