The origin of the term chifa comes from the Cantonese 饎飯 (
Jyutping:ci3 faan6) which means "to eat rice or to have a meal." A similar loanword, "
chaufa", comes from the Cantonese 炒饭 (
Jyutping:caau3 faan6) or "fried rice." Many other words in the Peruvian colloquial language that are of Chinese origin include: "kion" from Cantonese 薑 (
Jyutping: goeng1), and "sillao" from the Cantonese 豉油 (
Jyutping si6 jau4).