Sichuan Food

Tea ceremony in Sichuan
  • Province:
    Sichuan (Chinese: 四川, Pinyin:Sìchuān)
  • Population :
  • Location :
    Located at 30°39′49″N 104°04′00″E
  • Overview:
    Sichuan is one of the major industrial centers of China. In addition to heavy industries such as coal, energy, iron and steel, the province has also established a light industrial sector comprising building materials, wood processing, food and silk processing.

Of the eight major culinary cuisines in China, Sichuan cuisine is perhaps the most popular throughout the country and across the world.  It is recognized internationally for its zesty spices and deep flavor. In Chengdu, chili is as common at mealtime as rice is across the rest of China, with the food often arriving glistening under a layer of bright red chili oil.


However, the highly distinctive burn-your-mouth spices are not the food's only characteristic. Sichuan cuisine boasts a variety of flavors and different methods of cooking, featuring hot, sweet, sour, salty, or tongue-numbing.


Novices may have a tough time adjusting to the hot spices, but diners should remember that the best chefs use spices not to overpower the rest of the flavors, but to enhance it and draw it out.

Hot Pot

Hot Pot

Hotpot originally was a simple and hastily made dish for poor boat people keep warm in cold weather. Now it has become commonplace for anyone because of its numerous ingredients, and the variety of meat and vegetables used. There are numerous different flavors available including lamb and fish. With the steaming pot in the middle of table, groups of friends and family happily chat away as they cook and then pick out their favorite foods.
Ma Po's Bean Curd

Ma Po's Bean Curd (Bean curd with mince and chili oil)

Ma Po's Bean Curd or Ma Po Tofu, is wildly popular throughout China and originated at a restaurant in Chengdu. The tofu is served hot and soft, covered in a spicy Sichuan peppercorn hot sauce and mixed with a small portion of minced meet. Chen Ma Po's Bean Curd Restaurant serves the most authentic one.
Gong Bao Ji Ding

Gong Bao Ji Ding (Spicy diced chicken with peanuts)

This dish may well be the world's most popular Chinese dish. It is also one of the only recipes that has remained largely unchanged, despite the fact that it has been exported to Chinese restaurants all over the globe. Made from spiced chicken and peanuts, gongpao jiding blends sweet and sour flavors to create an internationally adored dish.
Hui Guo Rou Pian (Twice cooked spicy pork slices)

Hui Guo Rou Pian (Twice cooked spicy pork slices)

The process of cooking this dish requires boiling pork rib steak chunks in hot water with slices of ginger and salt first. Then after being cut into thin slices, the pork is returned to a wok and shallow fried in hot oil. The most common vegetables to accompany the pork in this dish are cabbage and peppers.
Fu Qi Fei Pian (Braised Cow Lungs)

Fu Qi Fei Pian (Braised Cow Lungs)

This is a cold dish unique to Sichuan that was created by an affectionate couple fifty years ago. Literally translated, the name of the dish means "Couples Lungs" but in fact, the dish is not made from lungs but from other inner parts. The meat is stewed in soy sauce and then served with chili oil, pepper, sesame, and peanuts.



Panda Base
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is situated on the Axe Hill 10 kilometers from the north suburb of Chengdu City.
Mount Emei
Mt. Emei boasts unique natural and cultural charms, such as the Wannian Temple, which has been designated a state-level protected site by the State Council.
It is said that the Jiuzhaigou Valley( Jiuzhai means nine villages)was named after the nine villages contained in the vast nature reserve.
Thatched Cottage of Du Fu
Du Fu's Thatched Cottage has been a shrine in the history of Chinese literature.