Chifa cuisine – what is it?

As the year of the Monkey approaches London’s Chinatown is getting ready for the biggest celebrations outside of China.

Japanese and Peruvian cuisine landed on the London food scene quite a while ago, but did you know that Chinese cooking techniques also made a huge impact on Peru? They call it: Chifa.

As homage to this fusion, we serve the ‘Chaufa Del Mar‘ at Mama’s house and replace the rice with quinoa to keep things light so you have room for all the other deliciousness on our menu.

seafood chaufa

Try it at home with a recipe from

If you don’t want to risk heading to Central London during a tube strike, head to The Drunken Monkey for a pisco sour and toast to Chifa!!

Happy Chinese New Year folks!

Tradition and ritual: Pachamanca

What’s the best way to cook for a party of 30 then not have to do endless washing up? (Hint: it doesn’t involve paper plates!)

Pachamanca is a traditional Peruvian cooking technique that was practiced widely and was also a ritual to thank Mother Nature for providing them food. These almost ceremony like events still take place in Peru and are lead by people who have watched them whilst growing up.

So how does this all work?

  1. Dig a hole in the ground
  2. Place some bricks around the inside edge to build an inner wall
  3. Heat up some volcanic rocks
  4. Place rocks inside the brick wall
  5. Put root veg or food that takes longer to cook in first
  6. Put yummy marinated meats inside
  7. Wait and drink some piscos
  8. ENJOY!

Or if you can’t dig a hole in your kitchen because the landlord will be absolutely livid, you can come to Pachamama. We marinade our chicken for 12 hours and brine it for another 12 before cooking it over a blend of coals to give you the awesome Polluelo a la Brasa.

Polluelo a la Brasa