Chinese Flavors and Techniques Collide with Peruvian Ingredients in Chifa Cuisine

Amy Cavanaugh

After African slavery was outlawed in Peru in the mid-19th century, Chinese workers, mostly from Guangdong, crossed the Pacific to work as indentured servants, building railroads and working on cotton and sugarcane plantations, among other jobs. To try to recapture a taste of their homeland, they made Chinese dishes with Peruvian ingredients; the resulting Cantonese-Peruvian food, called Chifa, is an enduring part of Peruvian cuisine today through dishes like...