Lunch at China Chilcano

Lunch at China Chilcano

with Beth Lang at China Chilcano on 30 May 2018
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China Chilcano serves their own take on multicultural Peruvian cuisine. This lively, casual restaurant by Jose Andres, focuses on Criollo, Chifa and Nikkei food. All dishes have a touch of the native Criollo influence.

CHINESE CHIFA - You’ll find ginger and soy sauce used in Peruvian cooking, and stir fry methods too, as in the popular Lomo Saltado dish. This Peruvian-Chinese mashup is called CHIFA and came about from the large influx of Chinese settlers in Peru during the mid 1800s. At China Chilcano, there are some dim sum items and other Cantonese-influenced dishes throughout the menu.

JAPANESE NIKKEI - Another strong influence in Peru’s cuisine began in 1889 when 790 Japanese workers arrived on a two-year contract to work in the sugar and plantation fields. The Japanese learned to cook using Peruvian staples like corn, potatoes, and tubers but added Japanese ingredients like miso, ginger, soy, wasabi and rice vinegar. This Peruvian-Japanese style of food is called Nikkei. Antichuchos skewers made on a robata grill or adding soy sauce and ginger to ceviches are some of the ways Peruvian Nikkei food blends bold Peruvian flavors with delicate Japanese techniques.

CHEF/OWNER Jose Andres
2019 Michelin Bib Gourmand

Peruvian
Nikkei
Chifa
Bib Gourmand
Jose Andres
Criollo
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China Chilcano

China Chilcano

China Chilcano

China Chilcano

A brief history of Peruvian cuisine

Anyone visiting me from DC is now required to bring me a bag full of these addicitng roasted corn snacks.

Botija olives are hand-picked and cured naturally with salt, unlike most olives which are harvested before ripe and softened and colored with chemicals. Pulpo al Olivo Rosita Yimura (the mother of Nikkei cuisine) - Octopus, Botija olive-mayo, avocado $15

California Roll (Nikkei)- Potato causa, jumbo lump crab, spicy mayo, cucumber, avocado, tobiko, huancaina sauce $16

California Roll (Nikkei)- Potato causa, jumbo lump crab, spicy mayo, cucumber, avocado, tobiko, huancaina sauce $16

Salmon Sashimi, wasabi, lime, chifa daikon (Nikkei) $12

Atún Picante (Nikkei)-Spicy tuna 'uramaki', cucumber, avocado, cilantro, ají limo, puffed quinoa

Lucky 12 - Stack of 3 Sui Mai (Chifa). POLLO - Chicken, scallion, cloud ear mushroom, ají amarillo TRADICIONAL-Pork, shrimp, jicama, shitake mushroom, peanut DORADO-Pork, Shrimp, jicama, shiitake mushroom, peanut topped with golden egg $21

Lucky 12 - Stack of 3 Sui Mai with black vinegar chicha de jora dipping sauce. (Chifa) POLLO - Chicken, scallion, cloud ear mushroom, ají amarillo

Lucky 12 - Stack of 3 Sui Mai with black vinegar chicha de jora dipping sauce (Chifa). TRADICIONAL-Pork, shrimp, jicama, shitake mushroom, peanut

Lucky 12 - Stack of 3 Sui Mai with black vinegar chicha de jora dipping sauce (Chifa). DORADO-Pork, Shrimp, jicama, shiitake mushroom, peanut topped with golden egg

Pegao Norteño (Chifa) - Lamb pot sticker, aderezo norteño, crispy cumin lace, gold flake $14

Pegao Norteño (Chifa) - Lamb pot sticker, aderezo norteño, crispy cumin lace, gold flake $14

Jiaozi de la Chacra (Chifa) - Cilantro dumpling, seasonal vegetables, ají rocoto $9

HaKao (Chifa) - Steamed glass dumpling, shrimp, pork, ají rocoto-soy sauce $12

Xiao Long Bao (Chifa) - Steamed glass soup dumpling, crab, pork $12

Textures of the Amazon Macambo - Ice cream, Amazonian fruits, banana curd, guanbana tapioca pearls, brick dough $9

Textures of the Amazon Macambo - Ice cream, Amazonian fruits, banana curd, guanbana tapioca pearls, brick dough $9

Simon Lam

China Chilcano menu

China Chilcano menu

China Chilcano menu

China Chilcano menu