Sampling Sichuan cuisines will be an unforgettable part of your Chengdu trip. Characterized as having strong flavors, Sichuan foods are seasoned with Sichuanese pepper, chili, ginger, and garlic. The humid weather drives Sichuan cooking methods to use a significant amount of heat and oil: stir-frying, steaming and fast -frying. Sichuanese cuisines are popular all around the world now; you can find many Sichuan restaurants in London, Paris and New York. However, if you want to taste the authentic Sichuan cuisines, let Paradise Travel suggest some recommendations for you.

Sichuan hot pot

This food is famous for its numbingly spicy broth which contains a lot of Sichuanese peppercorns and other Chinese herbs and spices. This kind of pepper was introduced to the Sichuanese from South America at the end of the 17th century and now it becomes the integral ingredient of Sichuan hot pot. Raw ingredients such as raw beef, pork, chicken, ducks, kidney, vegetables, tofu, and mushrooms will be steamed in the hotpot.

If you do not like spicy food, ask the waiters for clear broth. However, in some restaurants, the pots are divided into two parts so that you can try both spicy and non-spicy broth at the same time. If you want to challenge yourself a little bit, go for this option.

Some famous Sichuan hot pot restaurants in Chengdu

Shujiuxiang Hotpot: No.11-2 Nijiaqiao Road, Yulin District, Wuhou District

Huangcheng Laoma Hot Pot: 20 Qintai Road, Wuhou District

Jiangbei Laozao Hot Pot Restaurant: No.113-1, Wuhou Temple Avenue, Wuhou District

Bashu Mansion Hot Pot: No.75 Xinhong South Road, Chenghua District

Kung Pao Chicken (spicy diced chicken)

Kung Pao Chicken is a spicy stir-fied cubed chicken mixed with peanuts, vegetables and chili pepper. Though this dish can be found in many Chinese provinces, it is usually less spicy than its original serving. Westerners are in love with kung pao chicken since it is less spicy than other cuisines. This food is colorful with tongue-tingling sweet-and-sour sauce, golden peanuts and green onion. Peppercorns will be added to enhance the spicy flavor of this dish.

Ma Po Tofu

The most popular Sichuan food which can be named is Ma Po Tofu. This dish featured tofu cubes in spicy chili-and-bean sauce and ground beef or pork. You can choose to add chestnuts, onions or other vegetables for this food. Ma Po Tofu is tasty with milky tofu combined with the hot taste from Sichuan pepper. If you seek for something fresh and easy to digest, there is a vegetarian version as well.

Dandan noodles

Though Dandan noodles is considered as a street food in China, you can find it in restaurants as well. This food is topped with vegetables and ground beef or pork, and enhanced with chili oil, peppercorns and green onion. It is served either with or without broth.

Ganbian Sijidou (dry stir-fried green beans)

It is a classic Sichuan vegetarian dish which is usually served with rice white. The cook stir-fries yard-long beans in deep fried oil until they shrink. This food is savory and crunchy as it is tossed with chili, peppercorns, garlic and green onion.

Zhong shui jiao (Dumplings with spicy sauce)

It is all about spicy sauce when it comes to Sichuan cuisines. Zhong shui jiao or Zhong’s Dumplings is the part of xiao chi (Sichuan little eats). The method of making this dumpling is the same as other kinds, filling a flour wrapper with minced meat and vegetable and rolling it in a half-moon shape. The secret is in the sauce – chili oil mixed with soy sauce.

Liang ban ji (Cold chicken with spicy sauce)

This food is thrilling with poached chicken bathed in a sauce made from vinegar, soy sauce, chili, and pepper. Sometimes the cook may add peanuts and sesame seeds to make it crunchier.

Hui guo rou (double-cooked pork)

The reason why this food has this name is that pork is first boiled, then sliced and stir-fried. It is served with vegetables such as cabbage and bell peppers with chili bean sauce.

Some famous restaurants in Chengdu

Chen Mapo: 8-10 Qinghua Street, Qingyang District

Lao Ma Tou: 29 Yulin Middle Road, Wuhou District

Zhuanzhuan Mo: Unit 7, Block 1, Keyuan Street, Wuhou District