WANTED: AUTHENTIC ECUADORIAN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & CHAULAFAN
I'm new here & I've been racking my brain & exhausting all available resources to try to find AN AUTHENTIC ECUADORIAN RESTAURANT that specializes in SEAFOOD DISHES (Coastal Ecuador's forte). I'm also looking for a place that serves an authentic CHAULAFAN, one of Ecuador's most famous rice dishes.
I have thoroughly checked this site's past message board postings, however it seems that they are all very old & outdated. Most of the restaurants mentioned don't even seem to exist anymore.
Willing to venture out to Outerboroughs as well, even nearby NJ if anyone knows of any reputable authentic Ecuadorian restaurants that consistently delivers good food & good service.
Please help me out here! This is also to help out an Ecuadorian friend of mine who is very homesick. :( Thanx guys! :)
welcome maria. i just saw this and am sorry i can not be more helpful but i'd suggest a general walk around jackson hts queens for you quest. i found one place that may have that dish. i can picture the place but i've never been there. hope you see this it's a start:
La Picada Azuaya
84-19 37th Ave.
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
good luck and let us know what you find!
re: Melanie Wong
Thanks so much for your reply. I thought no one would ever answer my query! It's funny, really... i see by your last name that, like me, you are chinese too. Thus, I happen to know that Chaulafan is derived from Chinese Fried Rice (Chau Fan). But that is what intrigues me so much about Ecuadorian cuisine. I was so surprised to see that the chinese influence on their cuisine is so strong. I mean, I know there are chinese people all over the planet, but they tend to congregate in their own geographically distinct communities (i.e. Chinatowns). I was surprised to see how widespread the chinese influence is on Ecuador's general cuisine.
A very homesick Ecuadorian friend of mine has had a very difficult time finding an authentic Chaulafan here in NYC. Besides that specific dish, most Ecuadorian restaurants he has come across are all meat & potatoes type joints (indigenous mountain food). Whereas he is looking for an Ecuadorian Seafood Restaurant (Coastal specialty). Any suggestions?
By the way.... do you know if Peruvian Chaufa is similar to Ecuadorian Chaulafan? If so, can you recommend any good Peruvian places that carry Chaufa? Thanx a lot!
re: Maria La China
Chinita Maria, my exposure to the Chinese influence on these cuisines is quite recent, although I have distant and unknown relatives in Peru. Many Chinese immigrated to Peru to work in the mines. Through a series of dinners with fellow chowhounds, it finally dawned on my the extent of the Far East (Japanese and Chinese) flavors in the food. The accounts are in these three threads -
I have not eaten Ecuadorian chaulafan, so can't offer an opinion on how close it is to the Peruvian version. I can say that the two Peruvian versions I've had were identical to what a Cantonese cook in Chinatown would serve me.
Since I'm in San Francisco and not NY, I can't be helpful with specific restaurants either. However, I did a search and came up with posts for El Conquistador in brooklyn which is Ecuadorian/Italian and serves chaulafan and also Rinconcito Peruano in Manhattan that several recommend for its chaufa. You might want to post inquiries on the respective boards asking for recent experience with these restaurants and the dish you're seeking.
I thought you would also enjoy the post linked below from our fearless leader on chaulafan in Ecuador.
There is a tiny (like 6 seats) Educadorian place in Inwood/Washington Heights. I'm not sure of the name, but it has the most delicious ceviche I've ever had....It specializes in seafood, but I'm not sure if it has the exact dish you're looking for. Take the 1 train to 181st and walk east along 181st, it is right after the fire station and across the street from the Goodwill Store.
If you're still looking, Maria La China:
The tiny Ecuadorian place is called Genesis, and in addition to the tiny place on W. 181, they operate a newer, considerably larger restaurant on W. 207 -- still in Manhattan, but just. Though I haven't tried it, I see that chaulafan ("fried rice, Ecuadorian style") is indeed on the menu.
Restaurante Ecuatoriano Genesis
538 W 207th St, New York, NY 10034
Restaurante Ecuatoriano Genesis II
511 W 181st St, New York, NY 10033
There's a place in the Bronx that has very Chaulafan.. although I've only ever had it here... So I can't speak to how authentic it is. My wife is Ecuadorian and she loves the food there.. It's a bit of a hole in the wall - as many such traditional restaurants are wont to be. They have a gentlemen playing traditional Ecuadorian classics on guitar and singing on Sundays at least. (Perhaps also Saturdays, but Sundays for sure).
Called Lucho Barrios:
After looking at the map.. the address appears to be incorrect... The location is 148th Street and Courtlandt Avenue (not 148 Courtlandt Avenue
Jackson Heights has a big Ecuatorian population. I know for a fact that Hornado Ecuatoriano has chaulafan. Im not sure which seafood you mean though, they do have those tuna and mixtos stuff. what's that called, encebollado?
The latin american contigent is mostly ecuatorian, colombian, and mexican in JH.
I'm having a food group meeting there in a couple of sundays, maybe you'd be interested?