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Sichuan Cuisine

Sichuan cuisine, also known as Szechuan cuisine or Szechwan food in the West countries, is a style of Chinese cuisine originating in Sichuan Province. Sichuan cuisine gains great fame for its bold flavors, particularly the pungency and spiciness, due to liberal use of garlic and chili peppers, as well as the unique Sichuan pepper. Peanuts, sesame paste and ginger are also important ingredients in Sichuan cuisine. Chengdu style is a best known regional sub-style of Sichuan cuisine, while other styles include Chongqing style, Zigong style, and Buddhist vegetarian style.

Sichuan cuisine has an appealing smell of being crisp, tender, salty, sour, hot, and sweet. The Sichuan pepper is an important flavoring in Sichuan cuisine, and was introduced into China from South America around 200 to 300 years ago. It produces a "tingly-numbing" sensation in the mouth. Prominent sauces of Sichuan cuisine consist of yuxiang, mala, guaiwei, tangcu, jiangzhi, and ganshao. Several of them are widely used in Chinese cuisine as a whole today. Sichuan cuisine lays emphasis on cooking techniques. More than 20 distinct techniques include stir frying, steaming and braising etc.
Some well-known Sichuan cuisines include Kung Pao chicken, Twice Cooked Pork, Fish Head in Bean Curd Soup, and Ma Po Tofu that is bean curd served with very hot chili mince meat.  Although many dishes live up to their spicy reputation, they are also many recipes with little or no hot spices at all, such as Tea Smoked Duck.

The most upscale Sichuan cuisine restaurant in Chengdu is Gingko Restaurant, with best Sichuan cuisine cook, delicate food, refined environment, and considerate service. Ancient Chengdu Mansion Dishes and Ba Guo Buyi are also distinctive Sichuan Cuisine restaurants in Chengdu.  

Some Sichuan Cuisine Restaurants Info

◎Gingko Nan Ting Restaurant   
Chinese Name: 银杏南亭酒楼
Chinese Pin Yin: Yin Xing Nan Ting Jiu Lou
Add: Floor 1-6, Weston Tower Building, 19, Section 4, South of Renmin Lu
Tel: 086 028 85268888/86116888

◎Gingko Court 
Chinese Name: 银杏金阁酒楼
Chinese Pin Yin: Yin Xing Jin Ge Jiu Lou
Add: 2, Middle Jinli Lu
Tel: 086 028 86666688
 
◎Gingko Fusion Sichuan Cuisine  
Chinese Name: 银杏川菜酒楼
Chinese Pin Yin: Yin Xing Chuan Cai Jiu Lou
Add:  12, Middle Linjiang Lu
Tel: 086 028 85555588

◎Ancient Chengdu Mansion Dishes
Chinese Name: 老成都公馆菜
Chinese Pin Yin: Lao Chengdu Gong Guan Cai
Add: 121, North of Kehua Lu, Chengdu
Tel: 086 028 85236492/87716913

◎Ba Guo Buyi
Chinese Name: 巴国布衣
Chinese Pin Yin: Ba Guo Bu Yi
Add: 20, Section 4, South of Renmin Lu, Chengdu
Tel: 086 028 85573839


For more facts about Sichuan cuisine, you can attend our cooking course in Chengdu. Our professional cooking teachers will teach you more! Here is an interesting program: 5-Day Sichuan Culinary Tour

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