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Chinese-Peruvian chifa in Westchester

 

Main Dish

Chaufa (Fried Rice)

This recipe adapted from about.com is very flexible—add chile paste, snow peas, water chestnuts or other veggies and use shrimp or scallops in place of meat if you wish.

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

2 eggs, whisked with salt and pepper to taste

1 bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 cup cooked chicken or pork, shredded

4 cups cooked, cold rice

3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet. Fry the egg pancake 1 to 2 minutes, until set. Flip on to a plate and slice into strips. Add remaining oil to pan and add the scallions, ginger and pepper; stir-fry 3 minutes. Add meat, rice and soy sauce; stir-fry until hot and well mixed. Stir in egg strips. Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 420 calories (35 percent from fat), 15. 7 g fat (2.9 g saturated, 4.8 g monounsaturated), 124 mg cholesterol, 19 g protein, 49 g carbohydrates, 1.7 g fiber, 832 mg sodium.


If you go

What: Chifa Du Kang

Address: 9899 SW 40th St., West Miami-Dade

Contact: 786-953-7165, facebook.com/dukang

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday

Prices: Appetizers $1.30-$11, soups $6.50-$14, entrees $7.25-$18, desserts $3.80


lbb75@bellsouth.net

Chifa Du Kang restaurant is decorated with Chinese good luck symbols and paintings of Incan ruins. The modest, family-run spot has two menus, both with Chinese food, but the one offering Peruvian-Chinese dishes is the main attraction.

Chef-owner Jing Quan Du emigrated to Lima from Guangzho, China, almost 30 years ago, and opened his first of many restaurants with the help of his grandfather. When his son finished high school, he moved the family to Miami, and opened Du Kang two years ago, naming it for his ancestral clan (Kang means good health).

The term chifa is from the Cantonese greeting “ni chi fan,” meaning “Have you eaten yet?” used by the Chinese laborers who arrived to Lima in the late 19th century to work sugar plantations. They began opening small eateries using local ingredients. Today, soy sauce, fermented black beans, ginger and other Chinese staples are used, but the dishes still reflect their Andean birth.

Soy kao frito brings a platter of deep-fried wonton pouches stuffed with a mixture of shrimp and pork for dipping in lemon juice spiked with cinnamon or hoisin sauce. Min pao are cottony steamed buns filled with juicy barbecue pork. Crusty chicken chicharrones come with cooked, sliced turnip.

Sopa pac pow is a take on egg drop soup with minced mushrooms, shrimp, chicken and scallions. Taypa, which means “lots of food,” and is a stir-fry of chicken, roast pork, shrimp, veggies and fried triangles of tofu. Arroz chaufa is fried rice with a choice of protein.

Lomo saltado is a sauté of beef strips and french fries, while tallarines are egg noodles with various toppings. There are also Spanish-style tortillas and fried chicken meatballs in oyster sauce.

Sweet purple corn and pineapple pudding ends a meal sweetly rooted in Peru.

Linda Bladholm is a Miami food writer and personal chef who blogs at FoodIndiaCook.com.

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