Located near Sichuan province, it is apparent that the cuisines here are influenced by one of the ‘Eight Cuisine Regions’ in China and they are slightly similar to Chengdu’s foods. Hot, spicy and numbing – you will never forget their special taste.

Hot Pot

Sichuan Hot Pot is a must-try food when traveling to Chongqing. This food is famous for its numbingly spicy broth which contains a lot of Sichuanese peppercorns and other Chinese herbs and spices. These ingredients make the broth strikingly red. Raw ingredients such as raw beef, pork, chicken, ducks, kidney, vegetables, tofu, and mushrooms will be cooked by you in the hotpot.

If you are afraid of spicy foods, there is clear broth as well. 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.

Kung Pao Chicken (spicy diced chicken)

Kung Pao Chicken is a tourist-friendly food which can also be found in European and American restaurants. It features spicy stir-fried cubed chicken mixed with peanuts, vegetables and chili pepper. This food is colorful with brown sweet-and-sour sauce, golden peanuts and green onion. Peppercorns will be added to enhance the spicy flavor of this dish. 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 sweet and yummy.

Mapo Tofu

This is the favorite food when it comes to Sichuan cuisine. Mapo Tofu means ‘Pockmarked grandma’s tofu’ in English. Mapo Tofu is said to be invented by a pockmarked woman in the 19th century. This dish is made from inexpensive and easy-to-find ingredients: tofu cubes, ground beef or pork and spicy chili-and-bean sauce. 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. Travelers can find this food anywhere in China, but when it comes to the chili sauce, no where can beat Sichuan!

Chuan Bei Liang Fen (mung bean jelly with chili sauce)

Chuan Bei Liang Fen features translucent and opaque jelly noodles. This special kind of noodles is made from mung bean starch which is boiled with water. Thanks to soy sauce, minced garlic, ginger, Sichuan peppercorn, sesame paste, chili oil, vinegar and some kinds of fresh herbs, these mild and tasteless noodles turn to be tasty and savory. This dish is served chilly.

Jiangtuan Fish

Jiangtuan Fish, also known as big-head fish, is the special aquatic gift offered by Jialing River. This fish is usually steamed to keep its natural freshness. Ginger, rice wine, sesame oil, soy sauce and some kinds of herbs are added to enhance the taste.

Chongqing Noodle

Noodle is a famous dish in Chongqing. It is usually made from fresh noodles mixed with spicy sauce and delicious meat. You can find this food everywhere, from street vendors to high-end restaurants. It is served either hot or chilly. Two famous kinds of noodles you can try are Dan Dan Noodles and Suan La Fen (hot and sour noodles).

Famous restaurants in Chongqing

  • Cai Xiang Yuan (yangjiaping Branch): Floor 2, Guan Jiang Ge, Pearl River Garden, Zhigang Ave.
  • Tanyingxiong Hotpot Restaurant: Tianxingqiao Main Street (near Lishuwan), Shapingba District
  • Little Swan Zhigang Restaurant: No. 36-1, the Zhiguang Avenue, the Yangjiaping
  • Taoran House: at the exit of the Hangu Town highway, Jiulongpo District.
  • Lvxiang Restaurant: No.8, Xinyi Road, Yubei District
  • Baijian Restaurant: No.68, Jiefang Xi Road, Yuzhong District
  • Wai Po Qiao: Sanxia Square Pedestrian Street, Shapingba.
  • Xiao Tian E: 78 Jianxin N Rd, Jiangbei.
  • Zeng Lao Yao Yu Zhuang: 221 Changjiang Binjiang Rd, Yuzhong
  • Tao Ran Ju Flavor Restaurant: No. 151 Zourong Road, Yuzhong