Eat Like a Local: 10 Dishes Every Chengdu Visitor Needs to Try

Authors: Go Chengdu


Visiting Chengdu? Don't miss these 10 foods.
No 3. Mapo Tofu
Mapo Tofu (beancurd with mince and chili oil) is one of the most influential flavors of Sichuan cuisine which is served in almost every Sichuan restaurant. With some minced pork or beef added for the depth of flavor, the dish has a very distinctive mouth feel, which includes a burst of heat from chilies and a numbing sensation from the famous Sichuan peppercorns.
No 4. Huiguorou (Twice cooked pork)
The name Twice Cooked Pork comes from its cooking process which involves pork first being simmered in salted water with spices and then being sliced and stir-fried with garlic sprouts or green peppers, Doubanjiang (also known as broad bean paste) and Douchi (fermented black soy beans). This special cooking method makes it taste tender, toothsome and crisp all at once. You can find this dish on the menu of every restaurant in Chengdu.
No 5. Fish Flavored Shredded Pork
Fish-flavored dish is the unique style of Sichuan cuisine. This flavor is a trick performed by the sauce originally used for cooking fish, which is a mixture of seasonings that usually includes spring onion, ginger, garlic, sugar, vinegar, chili pepper and so on.
No 6. Kungpao Chicken
As a specialty of Sichuan cuisine, the dish is slightly spicy, slightly tart and slightly sweet. It is a spicy stir-fry dish made with diced chicken, peanuts, vegetables, and chili peppers. One of the most important features of Kungpao chicken is its starchy and syrupy sauce. Besides the chicken, don't forget to taste the crispy peanut kernels.
Kungpao Chicken is arguably the most favored Chinese dish in foreign lands and the most photographed one in American series, and you could hear the name mentioned in the popular dramas such as The Big Bang Theory, Friends, Ugly Betty, Everybody Loves Raymond, among others.
No 7. Long Chao Shou (Long's Wonton)
With thick and aromatic tastes and delicious soup, the savory snack is popular among locals and tourists. A time-honored brand Long Chao Shou Special Restaurant, with its chain stores scattered throughout the city, offers different varieties of wontons famed for very thin, nearly transparent wrappers and abundant rich filling.
The headquarters of Long Chao Shou Restaurant are in the famous Chunxi Road commercial zone
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