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Gastronomic delights in Chengdu

By Dianshi Yuan

July 12

Chengdu has been crowned UNESCO City of Gastronomy, making it the first in Asia to win the laurel.

Chengdu has been crowned UNESCO City of Gastronomy, making it the first in Asia to win the laurel.

Chengdu has been crowned UNESCO City of Gastronomy, making it the first in Asia and second in the world to win the coveted laurel. The city now hopes to spread Sichuan cuisine around the world.

1. Chengdu Hotpot 成都火锅

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Chengdu hotpot is one of the most beloved dishes among locals and is usually fiery and spicy, characterized by the use of Sichuan pepper and layered with salty, sour and sweet flavors. Its stock includes diverse base materials such as chicken, fish and beef bone, alongside various spices.

2. Gong Pao Ji Ding (Kung Pao Chicken) 宫保鸡丁

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Kung Pao Chicken, created by Ding Baozhen during the Qing dynasty, is a classic Sichuan dish and a mainstay of Chinese cuisine in Western countries. Its signature taste of dried chili peppers, tender chicken cubes and crunchy peanuts have won it fans across borders.

3. Mapo Tofu (Pock-marked Grandmother’s Tofu) 麻婆豆腐

[Image Credit: Xinhua]
[Image Credit: Xinhua]
When you travel to Chengdu, you will find almost every restaurant in the city serving this. The tongue-numbing Sichuan peppercorn and chili, mixed with fresh tofu, makes Mapo Tofu a much loved Sichuan dish both at home and overseas.

 4. Chengdu Chuanchuan Xiang 成都串串香

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Chengdu Chuanchuan Xiang, a fast-food version of Chengdu hotpot, includes skewers with vegetables, poultry or seafood. Instead of having to wait for a table at a restaurant, hotpot lovers can be satisfied for a low price at street stands ubiquitous in the country.

5. Dan Dan Noodles 担担面

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Dan Dan noodles, with a history of hundreds of years, are very famous in Sichuan. Besides the trademark spicy taste of local foods, Dan Dan noodles have a distinctive, mouthwatering aroma thanks to sesame sauce.

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