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Sichuan Cuisine

By Viator, September 2016

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Sichuan cuisine has become one of the most popular types of food in China thanks to its bold and fiery flavors, and the best place to sample authentic Sichuan dishes is at the heart of the province in Chengdu. Here are a few foods and activities you won't want to miss.

Must-Try Dishes
Within China, Sichuan food is practically synonymous with hot pot, a vat of broth infused with dried chilies, garlic and heaps of Sichuan peppercorns that are used to add spice to a variety of meats and vegetables. Kung Pao chicken, a famous dish in the West, hails from the Sichuan province and is made by pan-frying diced chicken with dried red peppers and peanuts.

Perhaps more popular in China is mapo tofu, cubes of bean curd served in a fiery chili oil and fermented bean paste sauce. Dan dan mian, Sichuan's contribution to China's many noodle varieties, is seasoned with black vinegar, soy sauce, dried chilies, garlic, peanuts, scallions and mustard root.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Get a broad overview of the flavors Chengdu has to offer with a tuk tuk food tour, stopping at food stands where the locals eat.
  • Combine a trip to the Sichuan Cuisine Museum, which lays out the evolution of this famous regional cuisine, with a hands-on cooking class to learn to make dishes like kung pao chicken and mapo tofu.
  • Head out for a memorable evening on the town that includes a Sichuan opera performance and a hot pot dinner.

Tours & Tickets

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Experience Chengdu: Sichuan Cooking Class, Chengdu, null
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Experience Chengdu: Sichuan Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 110 Reviews

Want to impress your friends back home with a delectable Chinese meal made entirely by you? Then take part in this four-hour Chengdu cooking course and ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.00
Chengdu Evening Food Tour by TukTuk, Chengdu, Cooking Classes
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Chengdu Evening Food Tour by TukTuk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

This is not another walking tour. These small group tours whisk you off the beaten path by private tuktuk and offer unlimited beer and soda while you and your ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Sichuan Culture Show and Hot Pot Dinner in Chengdu, Chengdu, Food Tours
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Sichuan Culture Show and Hot Pot Dinner in Chengdu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 56 Reviews

On this fabulous night out in Chengdu, watch the incredible Sichuan Opera and enjoy a hot pot dinner. Discover Sichuan customs as you join in the celebration ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.00
Private Half-Day Chengdu Tour of Market Visit and Cooking Class, Chengdu, Theater, Shows & Musicals
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Private Half-Day Chengdu Tour of Market Visit and Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Join in this 4-hour cooking class to learn how to make Chinese delicacies with your experienced chef in a classic ambiance, you will have lots of fun. This ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.00
Full-Day Sichuan Gourmet Food Tour from Chengdu, Chengdu, Cooking Classes
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Full-Day Sichuan Gourmet Food Tour from Chengdu

Discover the culinary wonders of China’s Sichuan province on this comprehensive food tour from Chengdu. Your gastronomic adventures start with a visit to the ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.33

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