Lomo a lo pobre

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Lomo a lo pobre
Lomo a lo pobre Oct 29 2011 Santiago Chile.jpg
Lomo a lo pobre (or perhaps bistec a lo pobre) at a restaurant in Peru. The onions are served underneath the eggs and are not visible in the photograph.
Course Main (lunch)
Place of origin Peru
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Beef, eggs
Ingredients generally used French fries, fried plantains

Lomo a lo pobre, consists of a cut of beef tenderloin (Spanish lomo) topped with one or more fried eggs and generally served with French fries and fried plantains.[1][2] Unlike steak and eggs, lomo a lo pobre is eaten as a lunch or dinner.


There are several possible origins for the term "a lo pobre."

One is that it was named because of the irony of nineteenth century Peruvian common folk eating similar dishes with an abundance of food and at a heavy price, despite their economic situation.

Alternatively it may have originated due to the idea that poorer residents of Lima ate meat combined with carbohydrates, eggs, and rice, while higher-class individuals were associated with eating meat alone with a vegetable.

Today it is consumed in lower- and upper-class restaurants, and there is no negative connotation associated with the dish.

The term "a lo pobre" in Lima, Peru today may refer simply to the addition of a fried egg and is used in other dishes besides steak, such as grilled chicken breast (pechuga a lo pobre), rice (especially arroz chaufa), lomo saltado, salchipapas, or even hamburgers.


  1. ^ Bladholm, L. (2015). Latin & Caribbean Grocery Stores Demystified. St. Martin's Press. p. pt233. ISBN 978-1-250-10851-7. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ Lonely Planet South America on a shoestring. Travel Guide. Lonely Planet Publications. 2016. p. pt1282. ISBN 978-1-78657-733-7. Retrieved January 12, 2017.