I'd heard of Peruvian-Japanese, also known as Nikkei cuisine. However, the idea of blending Peruvian with Chinese was intriguing. I was quite curious to see what Chifa Dumpling House, a new restaurant from the Pirata Group, was going to be like.
In general, we're big fans of the Pirata Group. We regularly visit many of the group's restaurant, such as Pirata, Pici, and The Optimist. We have generally found the restaurants to be well-run, food quality to be quite good, and prices reasonable.
The Pirata Group restaurants often has a tasting menu that allows you to sample many of the restaurant's signature dishes. Since it was our first time, we decided to order the Chifa Tasting Menu (HKD320 per person), and let their team chose a selection of favorite dishes for us to try.
Spicy sugared almonds was a nice complimentary snack to enjoy while we decided what to order.
[Small Dishes] Fried Chicken (HKD 100) with Shaoxing Wine, 5 spice batter, aioli verde
We started with the beautiful Seafood Ceviche (HKD 140), which is usually in the Small Dishes section of the menu. This beautifully composed dish had seabass, octopus, avocado, peanuts, mirin, red onion, furikake, red radish, and tiger's milk (usually lime juice with seafood juice combined).
Next, from the Open Buns section of the menu we tried a Beef Tongue Open Bun (HKD 90), which consisted of an open steamed bun filled with beef tongue, cabbage, carrot slaw, and black garlic.
From the Dumplings section of the menu we tasted the Lomo Saltado Dumpling (HKD 80). It was truly fusion, a dumpling made with a traditional Cantonese "crystal" skin but filled with Angus beef tenderloin, potato, and soy sauce duxelle and served with crispy onions and a green aji sauce.
From the Rice||Noodles section we enjoyed the Seafood Chaufa Rice (HKD 130). A cross between fried rice and paella, this version had prawns, squid, bell pepper, garlic, ginger, and aji-panca (sauce).
We ended with a main course from the Meats section, a black pepper Wagyu skirt steak (HKD 210) with Chifa black pepper sauce.a The sauce was tasty, and the meat was cooked properly.
Chifa Dumpling House Hong Kong
We came away thinking that the food was reasonably fun and the overall vibe of the restaurant was cool. However, the food did not blow us away, at least not to the point that we would make the trip out to Soho from Wan Chai to eat here regularly. I still am pretty confident that the restaurant will do just fine. The ambiance is great, the food is enjoyable, and it's in a good location.
Chifa Dumpling House
G/F, 26 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong
This is the seventeenth post in the updated #50Postsin50Days – Take 2 Challenge. Other posts in this series will be added to the bottom of the original post.