China today arguably produces the finest cuisine in the world. Given the country’s stratospheric economic rise and the emergence of a fun-loving middle class, the special dining experience is prized in Chinese society more than ever before. A good time in China means nothing if not “to eat well.”
In particular the cuisine of China’s Sichuan province, in the southwest of the country, has garnered attention and popularity across the United States and beyond. Known specifically for their liberal use of chillies and the famous mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorn, Sichuan dishes also deftly balance their spiciness with complex flavors and texture combinations. Some of the finest cuisine in China can be found in Chengdu, at the the heart of Sichuan province.
Recently dubbed by UNESCO as “City of Gastronomy”, Chengdu has also been referred to as the “new China.” The people of Chengdu’s love for food and recreation is infectious. Here, one can find flavorful and imaginative cuisine, the most luxurious spas and resorts, booming modern industry, ancient culture, and the beauty of nature, while leaving behind the crowds and congestion of its larger counterparts. Chengdu is a wonderland for the curious traveler and food enthusiasts alike. Check out the recently published article: Capital of Heat in Saveur Magazine for some captivating photos and insights into the culture and cuisine of Chengdu. Or bring a little taste of Chengdu to your home and try out these recipes for Ma Po Tofu or Sichuan Fried Eggplant.