Many Chinese went to Peru to work in coffee farms or escape the turmoil in their own country during the 1800s and one of the many things that came out of this cultural fusion is Chifan, a kind of cuisine and culinary tradition that fuses Chinese and Peruvian ingredients and taste. Due to its unique taste, it has become popular in other Latin countries like Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia.
Today, as a treat for Valentine’s Day, Saipan will get to experience Chifan cuisine for the first time for less than $50 at the Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood Restaurant in Garapan, from 5:30pm to 9pm.
The combined work of Chef Juan Carlos Berrocal from Peru and Chef Peng Hui Xang from Guandong will be making this gastronomical fusion possible.
“We would like to give the community a rich, quality meal on this special day but at an affordable prize. For only $48, people will get a six-course meal of the best Chifan dishes,” Berrocal said.
For starters, diners will be treated to golden spicy shrimp and cucumber raita, and Andean chicken fritters with orange tangy syrup. Soup and salad entail celery ginger hazelnut brandy cream and “romance in the bowl” with poppy seed dressing. The main entrée’s includes fresh red snapper, Asian prawns, and prime New York steak. Desserts include white tiramisu and Asian pumpkin ginger pie. Red, white and sparkling wine soda are included in the package.
“With the line-up of dishes, we hope to stir up the curiosity and appetite of the community. …We are trying to promote this kind of food at the restaurant and see from there,” Berrocal said. “Our lunch buffet has a wide selection of Chinese, Filipino, and Western dishes and it only goes for $8, inclusive of iced tea and fresh fruits until Friday.”
Fisherman’s Wharf is located along Royal Palm Avenue in the tourist district of Garapan at the back of Capricciosa and Tony Roma’s. It’s open from 10:30am to 2pm and 5:30pm to 10pm daily. For reservations, call (670) 788-4019 or check their FaceBook page: Fisherman’s Seafood Wharf Saipan.