We lived in Taiwan for two years and appreciate good, authentic Chinese food. Chinese fusion Perúvian style has been a highlight of our trip and our dinner at Xia Hua was exceptional. The Chinese brothers that own and cook here hail from Fujien, China and they are as authentic as one gets.
We literally stumbled upon Xia Hua - it's not in any guide books or online reviews since it's only been open for three months. The neon and LED lights on the right hand side are unmissable as you walk down Amalia Puga away from the Cathedral. The restaurant is bright and spacious with the most attentive wait-staff with good English that we've come across in six weeks in South America.
The restaurant wasn't yet licensed when we visited, so we couldn't order a beer. Our waiter recommended the 'Sablan', an aloe vera drink from Taiwan, and we are very glad he did. It was just the right combination of sweet and savory to accompany our meal. We even ordered a bottle to take away (S/5).
There are over thirty menu options for one to choose from and each comes with either wanton soup (delicious) or fried wantons (didn't try these). I nearly chose a langostine (shrimp) dish before my wife pointed out the several duck options available. I eventually settled on the duck with Chinese vegetables and fried rice for S/18. My wife wasn't so hungry and ordered some delicious dumplings for S/12 (but the six that arrived were too much for her and more than half wound up as take-away.
The duck was phenomenal! I never knew duck breast could be so large or cooked so tenderly. The sauce was perfection and combined well with the mushrooms, pak choy, wood ear fungus and other vegetables. I was in Chinese gastronomical heaven.
If you are in Cajamarca and enjoy a great meal, do yourself a favour and find Xia Hua and order anything from the menu - we're confident you'll be delighted...and writing reviews like this one...
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