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Heads Up! Chinese Peruvian Restaurant Opening This Weekend

While I've been to Peruvian restaurants in Los Angeles having a Chinese section or other Asian influence on the menu, I don't recall any such restaurant flying a banner as a Chinese restaurant like I've seen in Florida. According to the signage outside of the former Dumpling 10053 location at 10053 E. Valley in El Monte, such a restaurant is opening this weekend. The exterior signage says B B Garden, which was a Shanghai style restaurant that opened a few months ago. Don't know if they're retaining the B B Garden name or not. Hopefully one of you can get out there this weekend to try it out.

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  1. Are we talking chifa or something else?

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    1. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against Kotosh http://www.kotoshrestaurant.com/ (the Japanese-Peruvian place in Lomita) in terms of a successful mash up.

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      1. re: Servorg

        El Rocoto is Chinese Peruvian but they keep their Chinese dishes on a different part of the menu. Other than chaufa, I don't recall any mash-ups.

      2. I'll give it a try. I've already had Chaufa con Camarones at Con Sabor a Peru in Mid-City, and a couple of entrees at Juan Antonio Peruvian and Chinese Restaurant in Chatsworth.

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        1. re: TripleAxel

          That's what I mean. Chaufa is pretty standard Peruvian fare these days while chifa is just peruvianized chinese fast food. Interesting to see what this actually ends up being.

          1. re: Porthos

            And in the old dumpling space in el monte no less ?????

            1. re: Porthos

              Juan Antonio's does have about a dozen Chifa dishes.

              1. re: Porthos

                I agree... you can get Chaufa (Fried Rice) and Tallarin Saltado (Lo Mein) at most Peruvian restaurants.

                While I LOVE these dishes at Chinese Restaurants but I rarenly order these dishes at Peruvian restaurants because they often missing the elements of really good wok hay. I personally am excited about a Chinese Peruvian place that might make these dishes come to life with just the right touch...

                1. re: Dommy

                  Have to try it again at Con Sabor. The Peruvian chef/owner uses a wok for his chaufa...

                  1. re: TripleAxel

                    Where is Con Sabor? The only ones I know of are Salvadoran...


                  2. re: Dommy

                    Speaking of wok hay, whenever I order fried rice at Chinese restaurants I ask if they can cook the rice crispier, and every time they say they won't do it. At Puro Sabor they always accommodate my request for crispier fried rice.

                    1. re: Galen

                      AH! Puro Sabor... I admit, I don't think I've ordered Chaufa there... I have had time not ordering and inhaling their Jalea... a perfect dish for fried seafood month... ;)


                      1. re: Dommy

                        Puro Sabor is in Van Nuys. Con Sabor a Peru is on Venice Blvd. in Mid-City LA.

                        1. re: TripleAxel

                          AH! Yes.... I know that place as well... I forget it changed the name from Pollos al Brasero #3... Nice couple that runs it. I actually REALLY like their Tallarin Verde, which is completely different from Tallarin Saltado. I might have to d a lunch run there to check out the Chaufa...


              2. What about
                Jose Antonio Peruvian & Chinese Cuisine in Chatsworth?
                I can tell you the Peruvian is excellent. Did not try the Chinese.

                20951 Devonshire St
                Chatsworth, CA 91311
                (818) 717-8900

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                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  Chinese is not bad. Had the steamed fish in ginger soy sauce, but other dishes are pretty much slight variations from the Chinese American classics...

                  1. re: Ciao Bob

                    Bob-Thanks for a great rec for the culinarily deprived Simi Valley folks such as myself. I cant wait to share this rec.

                    1. re: SIMIHOUND

                      My pleasure. If you look back at my old posts I think I previously shared what we had when we went there prior to a CSUN performance. Within the last 6 months. The Peruvian food was excellent.

                  2. Hoping it's going to be interesting and good. First time I've been interested in a SGV restaurant in a while despite living here.

                    1. If I go here, is there a particular menu item that I should be looking for? I wiki'd Chifa and under the "typical chifa dishes" are a lot of regular sounding, Panda Express-style things.

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                      1. re: andytseng

                        Here's their menu:

                        Chinese Style / Chifa

                        45 Wantan frito (8PCS). $ 8.95
                        Fried wonton served with sweet and sour sauce
                        46 Chicharrones de Pollo $ 12.95
                        Deep fried boneless chicken pieces served with special lemon and chinese 5 spices powder
                        47 Kam Loo Wantan $ 16.95
                        Wontons with sweet & sour sauces topped with chunks of prok, chicken & shrimp chinese 5 pieces
                        48 Gallina con Piña. $ 12.95
                        Boneless chicken cooked with sweet & sour sauce and pineapple
                        49 Gallina con Tamarindo. $ 12.95
                        Boneless chicken cooked with sweet & sour sauce
                        50 Chancho con Piña. $ 12.95
                        Roasted pork cooked with sweet & sour sauce and pineapple
                        51 Chancho con Tamarindo $ 12.95
                        Roasted pork cooked with sweet & sour sauce
                        52 Tallarin Saltado de Pollo / Carne $ 12.95
                        Chicken of beef chow mein
                        53 Tallarin Saltado de Chancho $ 12.95
                        Roast pork chow mein
                        54 Tallarin Saltado Especial $ 13.95
                        Special chow mein with pork, shrimps, beef and chicken
                        55 Tallarin Saltado de Vegetales $ 12.95
                        Vegetable chow mein
                        56 Pescado al Vapor $ 12.95
                        Steamed fresh fish fillet with mensi seeds and ginger sauce
                        57 Arroz Chaufa de Pollo / Carne $ 12.95
                        Chicken or beef fried rice
                        58 Arroz Chaufa de Mariscos $ 13.95
                        Seafood fried rice
                        59 Arroz Chaufa Especial $ 13.95
                        Special fried rice with beef, chicken, shrimp and pork
                        60 Arroz Chaufa de Camarones $ 14.95
                        Fried rice with shrimp
                        61 Pescado al Ajo $ 13.95
                        Fresh fish fillet simmered in garlic and oyster sauce served with white steamed rice
                        62 Nabo Encurtido $ 4.95
                        Sweet marinated Daikon
                        63 Gallina con Verduras $ 12.95
                        Sauteed boneless chicken with chinese vegetables and oyster sauce with rice
                        64 Chi-Jau-Kay $ 14.95
                        Breaded boneless chicken breast in oyster sauce
                        65 Gallina con Frejolito Chino $ 12.95
                        Chicken sauteed with bean sprouts in oyster sauce

                        1. re: TripleAxel

                          Looking more for guidance as to what would be a good representative of Chifa food. From what I can tell, the fried rice kind of looks just like regular fried rice. Is there something that is a balance of Peruvian and Chinese that makes this fusion stand out?

                          Without any help, I might order the chicharrones, pescado al vapor, and the nabo encurtido.

                      2. Restaurant has opened up under the name Ming Yuen, even though there's various signage outside still referring to prior tenants Mandarin House, Dumpling 10053 and BB Garden. Pan Chinese menu with a special section of a dozen Peruvian Chinese Chifa dishes including Lomo Saltad and Kam Lu Wonton which I found to be OK. Also Cantonese, Taiwanese, Sichuan, Shanghai, and who knows what other kinds of items on the menu.

                          1. re: Chandavkl

                            "Ming Yuen is an Asian fusion joint in El Monte, but it's a far cry from the Americanized platters of kung pao chicken and chop suey that typically come to mind when the word "fusion" is invoked.": - Seriously, does anyone ever think of chop suey when one discusses about Chinese fusion cuisine? Sounds like she's stuck in the 70s.

                          2. we tried ming yuen with a group of eight including one peruvian very familar with chifa cuisine. i liked the loma saltado but that was about it. my peruvian friend was not very impressed.