One of main purposes of the trip is to visit Hanyuan County in southern Sichuan, the core production base of Sichuan pepper, which plays a major role in creating the unique combination of Sichuan flavor. It has slight lemony overtones and creates a tingly numbness in the mouth that sets the stage for hot spices.
Sichuan cuisine is characterized by a mixed flavor of salty, sweet, sour, spicy, numbing, fragrant an so on. But what makes Sichuan food so special lies in the distinctively spicy taste with a slight numbing sensation in the mouth, namely "ma la" in Chinese. Many Sichuan dishes have won wide popularity in Japan, for example, Mapo Tofu.
A group of avid Sichuan food fans, they had a great time since arrival in the homeland of Sichuan cuisine, savoring twice-cooked pork, Mapo Tofu, fish in boiling spicy soup, and so on.