Marco Polo’s Taste of Chengdu Served up at Milan Expo

Authors: Gazzetta del Sud, Il Sole 24 Ore

2015-07-06

Chengdu, China’s largest western city, will present spicy and delicious traditional cuisine, fantastic local opera, tea art and other unique Chengdu cultural and artistic performances to the world during the “Expo Chengdu Week”.
It would be a pity if the Italian traveler Marco Polo didn’t taste the now world famous Chengdu cuisine when he stayed in the city 700 years ago. But people in this part of the world are luckier than him as they can spare thousands of miles of travel to enjoy the delicious authentic Chengdu cuisine at Milan Expo from July 6.
Chengdu, China’s largest western city, will present spicy and delicious traditional cuisine, fantastic local opera, tea art and other unique Chengdu cultural and artistic performances to the world during the “Expo Chengdu Week”.
At the World Expo China Pavilion, visitors from countries across the world are impressed with the unique flavor of spicy diced chicken with peanuts, fish-flavored eggplant cakes, stir-fried tofu in hot sauce, dan dan noodles, pearl-ship meat balls and other traditional dishes.
As Asia’s first city to be awarded with the United Nations’ World Food Capital, Chengdu cuisine is diverse with varied flavors. As one of China’s cultural legacy, Chengdu cuisine is known for “the most tasteful city in China”.
In fact, Italian people learned about Chengdu much earlier than the “Expo Chengdu Week”. In the year 1287, the Italian Marco Polo visited Chengdu with his father along the ancient Silk Road. He was stunned to see the bustling city and honored the city as extreme prosperous and unbelievably impressive in his book “Travels of Marco Polo”.
Authentic Chengdu cuisine is an alienable part of Marco Polo impression of Chengdu. He once stayed long at Chengdu’s Anshun bridge, which is a well-known enclave of restaurants in Chengdu.
Chengdu elements are also common in the local cuisine in Italy. Some restaurants offer a small box filled with bright red pepper while serving the pre-dinner bread. The spicy taste is cool when you eat the fresh bread accompanied by delicious red pepper. This way of eating is said to be the authentic “Chengdu taste.” In addition to food, Chengdu also brings Sichuan local opera, brocade, embroidery and giant panda toys that are representative of the “Chengdu elements”.
Several exhibitions are being held in the Milan World Expo China pavilion during Chengdu Week to offer a visible and tangible experience of ‘The taste of Chengdu’. There is a full stage showing Chengdu traditional culture including Sichuan embroidery, Sichuan figured satin, Sichuan opera, and tea ceremony and etc. Furthermore, the outdoor plaza also offers ‘greeting and invitation from panda home’ that invites visitors to fill out panda postcards, write the blessings to friends and relatives, and send them into the cute Panda mailbox. These postcards will be brought back to Chengdu after the event, covered with a special kind of postmark panda claws, and then sent back through Panda mail offices to the world. According to a Chengdu friend at the activity site, a lottery draw for lucky tourists will be held during the event, with the possibility to receive a ‘Chengdu tourism passport’ with a gift package and Chengdu tourism information.
The “Chengdu Week” will continue to run to July. 12. It is unmissable if you are deeply attracted by the ‘The taste of Chengdu’.

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