In Peru, and especially in Lima, there are more than 6,000 places where you can try it. Watch this video to learn more.
Youtuber My Name Is Andong prepared a special video about chifas on a visit to Peru where he explains that this national dish was created as a working class food. These days you will also find “fancier” chifas on the rise.
Chifas are mostly run by Chinese Peruvians and they can be found not only in Lima’s Chinatown, but across the city and the country.
Some of the dishes include classics like chi jau kay and mal lu wantan and newer creations: 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 Peruvians enjoy in a dish.
Most chifa cuisine is inspired by the cooking to be found in the south of China. And in Peru, you must have it with Inca Kola (the Peruvian drink that is made from a plant called hierba luisa).
In the Andean region, you can find chifa with llama or alpaca meat, and in the jungle with fried bananas.
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