Chifa is a Chinese Peruvian fusion that many people haven’t heard of, but in Peru, and especially in Lima, there are more than 6,000 places where you can try it.
Youtuber My Name Is Andong prepared a special video about Chifa on a visit to Peru where he explains that this “unofficial national dish” was created as a working class food, but there are “fancier chifas on the rise”.
Chifa restaurants are mostly run by Chinese Peruvians and they can be found in Lima’s Chinatown but also in other regions of the country.
Some dishes are chi jau kay, mal lu wantan, aeropuerto and combinado. This last one in the most Peruvian of all, according to the youtuber, since it has a little bit of everything which is something the Peruvians enjoy in a dish.
Most chifa is inspired by the cooking in the south of China and it MUST go with Inca Kola, a Peruvian drink that is made from a plant called Hierba Luisa.