Chifas are popular restaurants that serve Chinese food in Peru. Every time there is something special to celebrate, or a get-together planned with friends, people always say, “let’s go to un chifita” for a suculent Chinese-style banquet.
Several of these marvelous dishes are very easy to make at home, with as many variations as you can imagine! In the case of Chinese fried rice or chaufa, it can be made with barbequed pork–the traditional way–or with chicken, chicken and sausage, seafood, shrimp, or only with vegetables for a vegetarian version.
It’s a dish that’s so rico and easy to prepare, we have “Peruvanized” and adopted it as our own. There isn’t a Peruvian household that doesn’t make chaufa frequently, even substituting quinoa in place of rice to make a spectacular chaufa de quinoa.