0612 Buenos Aires, Argentina
I was taking Spanish classes in BA. There’s a short break in between class and out-of-school activities for us to grab something to eat.
I found a Chinese eatery and ventured in. The place serves buffet-style food with precooked food laid out in sad warm metal dishes. You take as much food as you want and the price is calculated based on weight.
Woah! I never had my food weighed so I was careful to place what I thought were lighter food (loads of carbs). Tastewise, it wasn’t terrible so it was good enough for me.
Later in Peru, I would discover “chifa” which is Peruvian Chinese food.
The Wikipedia page’s history of chifa is funny: “Around 1920, the first Chinese Peruvian restaurants were opened in Lima and were given the name Chifa. The Limean aristocracy was amazed by the bittersweet sauce, chaufa rice, the soup, and other dishes of the ancient cuisine. From that moment on, wealthy Limeans became fascinated by Chifa, to an extent that in some regions of the country there are more chifas than creole (which here is used to refer to the natives) restaurants.”