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Friday, July 17, 2015

Natalie's China Adventures: Eating My Way Through Chengdu

One of the best parts about being in China is definitely the food.  Sichuan cuisine is one of the four major types of Chinese cuisine. It is known for its spiciness (though where I'm from, Hunan, is known for even spicier food) and use of numbing pepper. When I first came to Sichuan I had a little bit of a hard time with the spiciness of the food. My stomach did not thank for for the first couple of weeks! Now, though, if the food is not spicy I feel that it has no flavour at all. I'm already dreading going back to America and having to eat bland food. If you're not careful in Chengdu you can gain a lot of weight because the food is very good and quite oily. They say good Sichuan food has a layer of oil floating on top!

This is a very common dish. It's green capsicum and shredded pork. It's not that spicy though you can see bits of fresh hot pepper in it. This is one of my favourite dishes!

This is stir-fried lotus root with mustard and some other mystery spices. I've had a couple of versions of this and it's always incredibly full of numbing pepper. You cannot feel your mouth after eating this!

This is a Tibetan style ice cream. It's shaped like a normal ice cream bar but it's got a deeper, creamier flavour than normal ice cream. Apparently its an acquired taste though I really like it. 

This is me at a "sticks restaurant"! You pick your food out of these big fridges and put them in a basket, as seen above. Then you give the basket to the "lao ban" who cooks it for you. It's pretty spicy but delicious. The last time I ate this style of food I got sick but it's so good it's worth it. They charge you by weighing the sticks at the end of the meal. 

This style food is very similar in concept to the "stick restaurant" above, except there aren't sticks. 

A typical breakfast: one "baozi" stuffed with meat and deliciousness, and a drink of some sort. This above is a Qoo, which is a brand we had in Singapore. This breakfast costs about USD $1. 

A delicious dessert! This is glutinous rice dumplings stuffed with sesame in a black-rice soup. It might sound weird but it's super good. I prefer it hot. 

Here's a fancy hot pot before anything is actually cooked in it. The red section with chilis floating on top is the spicy portion, while the white side is mild. I don't like the mild side anymore, but when I started eating hot pot it was a lifesaver. 

My school is surrounded by Tibetan streets, and as a result we eat a lot of Tibetan food. This is "Si You Cha", or Yak Butter Tea. Some people like it and some people don't. I have found myself starting to like it a lot more. It's like a super watery milk with cheese flavour, if you will. 

This is not Chinese cuisine... rather, it's a margarita. Hey, I can't drink in America, so I might as well enjoy unbelievably cheap alcohol whilst in China! This cost me about USD $4, which is a good price in a touristy area. 

Did this post make you hungry? I'll make another post about food at some point because there's just so much food food here in Chengdu! I'm writing this before dinner and I'm so hungry :(

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Thanks for the comment! I read every single one :D