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Chinese-Peruvian cuisine (chifas)

rworange | Oct 5, 2006 07:12 PM

You never know what will turn up in you back yard. This Mexican restaurant with a Peruvian menu has what seems to be Central Peruvian (Lima) cuisine including some Chinese-Peruvian dishes like chaufas (fried rice).

I'm not having a lot of luck identifying EXACTLY what are the Chinese-Peruvian dishes (ABSOLUTELY NO ENGLISH SPOKEN HERE).

So if I see fish steamed in ginger that would be the Chinese influence, is that correct?

Is cau-cau Chinese, Peruvian, Italian or all of the above?

It seems like Chinese-Peruvian food can pretty much be anything based on this Peruvian blog and descriptions of some of the dishes.

A local food critic said the tallarines saltados (fried pasta) were Italian-influenced, but I turned up a reference or two saying Chinese.

The above restaurant (in Ecuador, not Peru) even offers Chinese cooking classes and one of the dishes is a tallarin

Here's a game. Identify these soups as Peruvian, Peruvian-Italian, Peruvian-Chinese

Sancochado de Res (beef soup with veggies, yucca and corn)
Chupe de Camarones (shrimp soup with onions, tomatoes, rice, veggies, egg and milk)
Parihuela (seafood soup)
Sopa Sustancia (strips of beef and angel hair pasta)
Aguadito de mariscos (seafood soup with veggies, cilantro and rice)

I'm guessing maybe straight Peruvian, but the Aguadito might be Chinese influenced based on this SF board discussion of chifa that refreneces cilantro and seafood.

Wikipedia on Peruvian cuisine including some info about Chinese-Peruvian

Or is it just that Chinese-Peruvian is no more than Chinese restaurants that happen to be in Peru much like Chinese-American are Chinese restaurants that happen to be in the US, adjusting tradidional recipes to suite local tastes.

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