I have to confess, I’m not the biggest fan of bacon. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t say no to bacon, but I’m not going crazy about it either. I much prefer a nice, juicy slab of pork belly. How to make pork belly even better? How about deep fry it?

*celestial choir*

I’ve recently had the fortune of trying this dish at Chicha. They are a small casual spot located on Broadway, near Main Street, specializing in Peruvian food. They used to be dinner only, but have recently started lunch service as well. I had their Chicharron (aka deep-fried pork belly) and Pollo Crema Empanadas off of their lunch menu.

Lunch Menu

Chicharron ($12):

This consisted of three large pieces of crispy pork belly that’s served with yam puree. The pork belly was just fantastic: it was nice and crispy on the outside while tender and juicy on the interior, and was covered in a sweet glaze. I also quite enjoyed the yam puree, which was smooth and had a nice sweetness.

Pollo Crema Empanadas ($18):

This consisted of two empanadas filled with smoked chicken, and is served with a small side of salad. The empanadas had a quite flaky and tender crust, and a good amount of filling. The chicken had a nice smokey flavour; oddly I actually found it to taste a bit like salmon (if you didn’t tell me what it was, I might have thought that it was salmon). I did find it to be a bit dry unfortunately (I’m pretty sure that they use breast meat).

While I found the empanadas at Chicha to be a bit dry, their chicharron were a revelation. The prices are a bit higher, but not overly so, and the service is quite friendly. I’d definitely recommend checking this place out just for the chicharrons alone.

Food: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Chicharron
Chicha Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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