There is a Chinese saying that "All good foods are found in Chengdu". And it won't take long before you realise this might well be true! Being located in Sichuan Province means Chengdu's local specialties are particularly hot and spicy. With its heavy seasoning, Sichuan cuisine is full of bold and spicy flavours. The essence of this comes from a fusion of two peppers: la jiao (spicy) and hua jiao (fragrant). You’ll quickly learn about hua jiao when you accidentally bite into one of the tiny ball-shaped peppercorns!
Most of Chengdu's local food specialties started out as snacks or xiaochi (small eats). They originated in little stands or stalls located on sides of the road, so you'll find many of them simple to make. Learn from Chengdu's expert cooks and bring the flavours of Sichuan home. And take a tip from the locals: if the spiciness overwhelms you, drink soy milk instead of water to quell the hotness.