Chef Kati Luedecke is aiming to mesh Peruvian cuisine with Texas ingredients with her new food truck Killa Wasi. It’s set to make its debut at the end of March at Shady Studios on Airport Boulevard.
Update, June 19: Killa Wasi is now open. Its hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekends.
“Like Lima, Austin has been influenced by many of the same cultures,” said the Texas chef who travels to the country often, “which is why Peruvian food is a unique yet obvious cuisine to use with the Austin food scene.”
In Austin, she ran a supper club in 2014, and turned her attention to Killa Wasi. The name is Quechuan for “moon house,” referring to the Incan goddess of the moon Mama Killa. “It’s important the food we make reflects the landscape of Peru,” she said, “desert, mountain, and rainforest.”
Killa’s menu will span breakfast, lunch, and brunch, with dishes like vegetable ceviche, confit pork sandwiches, picarones, boar sausage benedict, and quinoa porridge with smoked egg.
Once Killa opens after SXSW, its hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekends. Luedecke is cooking up a Snickers-inspired dinner with churros filled with the chocolate bar during SXSW.
For other similar options in Austin, there’s Isla, which shifted its focus to Peruvian fare under chef de cuisine Julio-Cesar Florez. He also runs downtown food truck Llama's Peruvian Creole. Then there is El Chile’s anticipated Peruvian restaurant Yuyo.