"Chifa" (from the mandarin words "chi-fan", meaning "to eat rice") is the Peruvian term for a Chinese restaurant. In the 150 years since its arrival in Peru, the Chinese Peruvian culture has revolutionized Peruvian cuisine, gaining international recognition from those who have had the opportunity to sample it while visiting Peru. "Chifa" reflects a fusion of the products that the Chinese brought with them to those that they found in Peru. The Chinese influenced even some dishes such as "tacu-tacu", "lomo saltado
", and "arroz chaufa". In downtown Lima, on Capón Street, is the "barrio chino" (Chinatown). The great variety of savory and sweet dishes there, with different types of meats, vegetables, and soups, created a new culinary alternative for Peruvians.