The first time I tried real Sichuan food I was blown away. Less than a year later I was living in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan and the first Asian city to be named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. I was obsessed with eating as much of the food as I could. Over the course of almost 3 years I ate every new thing I found, and I documented it all.
This Sichuan food guide contains 70 Sichuan specialties – including info, translations, how to order them, photos, and the best place to try them.
It also recommends 55 of my favorite restaurants in Chengdu with instructions that will help you get incredibly delicious Sichuan specialties without knowing Chinese.
I’m taking you into apartment complexes for the best wontons in the city, down hidden back alleys for incredibly spicy mind melting hotpot.
I have a YouTube series called Chengdu: City of Gastronomy where I selected 1 Sichuan food themed playing card a week and hit the streets to find and try the dish. All 54 of the cards drawn are in this Sichuan food guide.
I’ve also included the very best food that I’ve come across that didn’t make the cards. We’re talking big fluffy bedspread noodles made right in front of you, hearty duck soup with pickled radish, slices of eggplant battered and deep-fried then covered in a powerful spicy garlic sauce, freshly cooked bread sliced open and stuffed with spicy beef and crispy veg, plus all the classics like mapo tofu, kung pow chicken, twice-cooked pork, and more.
Sure, you could take a tour for $60 and have a great night of educational binge-eating, or you could buy this guide for a seventh of the price and you’ll be indulging-in-the-know for your entire time in Chengdu.