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On the Sansheng Street in downtown Chengdu, there is a food stall selling Juntun Guokui. More precisely, it is a pushcart, on which the owner prepares ingredients, kneads dough, and bakes Guokui.
Some just take a ready-made Guokui from an insulated food container, and some would wait for one that will be made. Baek Jong-won, a South Korean food researcher, is a member of the latter. After having eaten a steamed Fatt Koh, Baek Jong-won turned his head and saw the Juntun Guokui. Without hesitation, he bought one stuffed with pork. On its golden exterior it packs a crunch. Each Guokui only costs 6 or 7 yuan.
Baek Jong-won likes Guokui very much, which is a Chengdu-style paratha, that "Perhaps the pastries in a Michelin 3-star restaurant in Paris are not as good as the Guokui in Chengdu."
As a street food fighter, Baek Jong-won knows where to find delectable food. He went to a night market and enjoyed barbecue at a stall, crispy potatoes and fried noodles with eggs. Before that he had a meat-vegetable-rice combo for lunch.
▲An old tea house in Pengzhen Town in suburban Chengdu.▲
He bought some gifts at the Wide and Narrow Alleys, and then turned around and went to a restaurant, where he feasted himself on a bowl of sweet potato noodles with pig intestines. Last May, Baek Jong-won came to Chengdu and searched for street food. The food researcher spent three days in the city, tucking into various food and found that he had no time to see the giant panda, a namecard of Chengdu.
In the eyes of Chengdu locals, it is a pity that he missed lots of beautiful scenery in Chengdu. Apart from mouth-watering food, Chengdu boasts different attractions. In the downtown, the Daci Monastery, a temple of over 1600 years old, and Taikoo Li, a modern shopping complex where people flood in day and night, blend old and new tastes with a wall standing in between. The other tourist attractions, such as Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Wuhou Temple, and the Wide and Narrow Alleys, are the hottest destinations for travelers in the city.
However, Fuchsia Dunlop, a British who lived in Chengdu 20 years ago, preferred old streets.
During her stay in Chengdu, Fuchsia often cycled to unknown restaurants or kitchens of the locals. Where food is concerned, no one has done better than her. As a British writer who has published books on Sichuanese cuisine, Fuchsia is not only a gourmet, but also a food write and good cook. To explore Chinese culture, Fuchsia, a master graduating from London University, studied at the Sichuan University in the 1990s.
In Chengdu, she searched for palatable food at streets and markets. Being obsessed with Sichuanese cuisine, she decided to learn cooking at the Sichuan Institute of Higher Cuisine in Chengdu and became the first western student at the school. For Fuchsia, what lies in the heart of a foodie is to learn cooking skills well and to cook her favorite cuisine for others. So far, many gastronomists like Fuchsia have recorded the tastes of Chengdu in their own ways, with their passion and love for the city.
Be An Experience Officer of Chengdu
Here is an opportunity to embark on "A Fragrance-seeking Journey" that YOUChengdu provides for fans of Chengdu across the world.
As an important part of the Chengdu Panda Asian Food Festival, "Be An Experience Officer of Chengdu" was launched on May 5, 2019.
We will recruit and invite more than 10 influential foodies/travelers across the globe to enjoy the cuisine and culture in Chengdu.
How to Participate
If you are a foodie/traveler, or a fan of Chengdu, you can sign up by sending an email to YOUChengdu to tell us your past experiences in Chengdu or what you want to experience in Chengdu with your personal information and a photo of yourself. (In addition, YOUChengdu will publish the information of "Be An Experience Officer of Chengdu" on its Twitter and Instagram accounts.)
Deadline: May 10, 2019 (Beijing Time)
The experience officers of Chengdu will enjoy an amazing journey to explore Chengdu.