Finding a restaurant with food that reminded him of home was a difficult feat for Peru native Ronnie Gonzales, owner of Jumping Lomo Peruvian food truck.

So he ended up leaving his career in the dental field behind to launch his own business with his wife, Jessica, serving traditional Peruvian food that Latin American people could find a sense of comfort in.

“I am proud of being the only one around the area,” Gonzales said. “I want to keep getting my name out there, sharing my food and sharing my culture. … I like breaking the stereotype when I go to a new place. Latino food is not just burritos and tacos.”

He said his homemade sauces are what really testify to his menu’s authenticity. The two options are the huancaina sauce, a mild cheese sauce, and the rocoto sauce, which is a spicier version.

The Jumping Lomo Peruvian food truck offers Pensacola residents a taste of Peru with beef lomo saltado.

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“All of our plates come with our homemade sauce and it just gives it that taste of home. When I give it to a Peruvian, they’re like, ‘OK, it’s complete now,'” Gonzales said.

Gonzales, who was raised in Peru and moved to Miami at age 11, said many are unfamiliar with his native food in Pensacola, even though Peruvian restaurants in Miami were as widespread as a Mexican or Chinese restaurants are in Pensacola.

Because authentic Peruvian food is such a rarity, a compliment he constantly receives is, “thanks for bringing something different,” Gonzales said.

When it comes to the style of food, he said Peruvian food is filled with Chinese influences, due to the large migration of Chinese people to Peru in the 1930s and 1940s. He saw this blend of cultures in cooking first-hand in his family, as his grandmother is Cantonese.

He said his Asian-fusion style replicates a lot of Chinese cooking techniques, such as cooking meat over the open flame, while still being infused with Peruvian flavors and spices.

The Asian influence is evident in Gonzales’ chaufa dish, a Peruvian style fried rice, that comes with green onions, eggs, choice of meat and Peruvian spices. It ranges in price from $12 to $14, depending on the choice of meat.