A short video clip of a hot new Peruvian-Chinese cuisine restaurant in Upper Manhattan, New York City called "Flor De Mayo". These type of cuisine/restaurant in Peru, South America are called "Chifa". Peru is the world capital of international fusion cuisine. Lima, Peru (capital city) is currently the "Gastronomic Capital of the Americas" designated by the Fourth International Summit of Gastronomy Madrid, Spain Fusion 2006, the World Cup of international cuisine chefs.
Definition of the Peruvian Spanish name "Chifa":
Chifa is the name given to an establishment in Peru in which Peruvian-Cantonese cuisine is served. The name chifa comes from a Spanish adoption of the Mandarin words chi fan(吃飯), which mean “to dine”. The chifa is especially common in Lima’s Chinatown (barrio chino), but can be found anywhere in Peru with a significant ethnically Chinese population.
The explosion of Peruvian "fine dining" restaurants, regardless of the cuisine & drink specialties (Cebiche, Chifa, Bistro, Nuevo Andino, Nikkei-Peruano, Fusion, Pisco Bars, etc.) is happening all over the United States and aboard for the past few years. Peruvian food is currently the "IT Cuisine" of 2008 for the fashionably conscious fine diner from Hong Kong to London and all over Latin America. The growth rate world-wide is exponential with handsome returns.
Here are a few articles of new upscale Peruvian Chifa restaurants to open later this summer in the last few days in the U.S.:
WOW! Look at this place - Picture of the new Peruvian chic restaurant "Yaku" in Washington, DC to open July, 2008:
According to Restaurant Magazine in London, England; there is an over saturation of Italian, Chinese, and especially Mexican restaurants in the United States. Exotic cuisines like Japanese, Indian and Vietnamese never really made it with the general public except for isolated or regional areas in the U.S. It is viewed by restaurant experts and consultants as "too complicated" to cook and "too ethnic" for the average American palate. Obviously there are exceptions, but it is not the rule.
Peruvian cuisine is currently the "Rage" dining experience around the world and the United States. It remains to be seen if it can crack the big three as the most popular ethnic food in the U.S within the next 20 or 25 years. With eateries ranging from the humble takeout restaurants to the upscale cebicherias, Chifas, Nuevo Andino/Latino, and Bistros opening around the U.S.; bets are being placed by the experts that this cuisine will be among the most popular ethnic cuisine in America.
I agree! Why not? Peruvian cuisine is the fusion king of the world. Fusion cuisine has only been practiced in the U.S. for the last 5, 10, maybe 15 years. Peruvians in Peru have been doing it for 500 years!!!
International restaurant & cuisine experts are betting that Peruvian Cuisine, and all it's various specialties, will be the first cuisine from Latin America to be truly "Fine Dining" and in competition with the world leader at this level, French cuisine!
For you local San Francisco folks, here is a hint for you to experience this Fall, 2008: "The Sea"