Arroz Chaufa is a very simple, yet delicious dish to make. It is also a dish that demonstrates the Chinese-Peruvian culture in Peru.
Although Peru is a Latin American country, it has a very dominant Chinese influence, which shows via the different Chinese Peruvian dishes that exist. Though there are many, the most popular one is the Peruvian Fried Rice.
There are many different ways to make Arroz Chaufa. Some include vegetables, some include oysters and others will have different ingredients, but the below recipe is for your basic Peruvian fried rice.
Arroz Chaufa (Peruvian Fried Rice)
- 1 Bunch Scallions
- 1 Tbsp Ginger
- 1 each Red Pepper
- 2 Each Eggs
- 4 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 Cup Cooked Chicken
- 4 Cups Cooked Rice
- 6 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 Pinch salt
- 1 Pinch Pepper
- Cut the green onion and separate the white from the green. Next chop the red pepper and set aside. Make sure to also mince the ginger before you start cooking.
- Place the pan on medium heat and pour in the oil. In that same pan add the white part of the scallion and the red pepper. Let it cook for about 5 minutes before adding the ginger.
- While the scallions and peppers are cooking, scramble the 2 eggs and then cook it in a different pan. You want to make the eggs look like a pancake (so do not scramble it!). Once the egg is cooked, slice it and put to the side.
- Add the cooked chicken into the pan with the scallions. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Next you want to add the cooked rice and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Once you season, add the soy sauce.
- You can determine how much soy sauce you need by how much flavor you’d like. If you’d like it to be light on the soy, you can add less than 6 TBSP.
- Once everything is mixed together, add the sliced egg and the green scallions on top. Mix and serve.
The Peruvian fried rice is great for anyone with little to no time to cook. It’s also a great way to use your leftover rice or chicken to make a completely different meal!
This has become quite a staple in my home due to the simplicity, but also as someone who is constantly on the go, it is a great way to feed my family without having to make a 3-course meal.
There are plenty of Peruvian dishes that are easy to make, so if you are ever short for time, consider cooking Peruvian.
Have you ever made Peruvian food before? What do you like or not like about Peruvian food?
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