Tucked away in a corner of the Mercado La Paloma just east of USC, Mo-Chica is nothing to look at, really. It looks like just one of the less than 10 stand-like businesses in a warehouse-like space. But if you look closer, you’ll see it’s a unique space that serves Peruvian-Japanese cuisine, perhaps best demonstrated by its take on ceviche.
Mo-Chica’s ceviche is pretty amazing, mostly because it has gotten me to like ceviche at all. This version has a ton of vinegar, chile and citrus, and a nice balance in texture with the inclusion of crunchy popped corn and huge fresh Peruvian corn kernels. The seaweed and sliced red onion are a nice touch, too.