When Andrew Zimmern visited Chengdu on his show Bizarre Foods, he and his crew picked many restaurants. Here are all the addresses and the dishes showcased on Bizarre Foods Chengdu, all in a convenient list.
Hakka (also Kuh-chia) cuisine is the style of cooking of the
Hakka people in China. It focuses on the texture of food and also features a
lot of preserved meat. Part of the Hakka tradition is to serve 9 bowls of
different dishes: 3 cold dishes, 3 hot dishes and 3 steamed dishes.
WHERE IS IT?
Nine Bowls No. 131 Luodai, Longuanyi District Chengdu, Sichuan, China
NOTES – Bizarre Foods Chengdu
Nine Bowls is popular for serving 9 great bowls of
traditional Hakka dishes. They usually top off the 9 bowls with a steaming bowl
of pig intestines soup.
DISH – Mala Hot Pot
WHAT IS IT?
In Sichuan, diners can enjoy mala hot pot. Soup broth, chili oil and Sichuan peppercorns (aka hua jiao) are kept simmering in a sunken cauldron. Diners can then select skewers of beef, lamb, chiken, duck, organs, fish, tofu and vegetables to dip into the brew. Once in the brew, the skewers are cooked and they absorb all the spices and oil. They can be further dipped into a sauce made of vinegar, garlic, soy and cilantro.
Sichuan cuisine refers to the cooking style of the Sichuan
Province in China. It is characterized by bold flavors, resulting from the generous
use of Sichuan pepper, garlic and chili peppers. Notable examples of the
Sichuan cuisine include braised pork ribs with konjac (moyu shao paigu) and tea-smoked
duck (zhangcha ya).
Chef Yu Bo moved to the United States since the shooting of this episode.
He offered modern interpretative Sichuan cuisine to diners at his Chengdu fine dining restaurant right at his house. A full dinner consists of 64 courses, typically started with 16 Chinese antipastos of rare mountain vegetables. At Chef Yu’s, Andrew Zimmern enjoyed a dinner of rabbit in sesame and chili oil, spicy shredded pigeon, beef floss (dumpling filled with minced beef), corn cake topped with black truffle and grilled mushrooms, puffer fish soup with mountain yam, tapioca with pumpkin soup, Sichuan chicken soup, minced chicken and egg custard, steamed abalone, red braised pork, smoked duck with tea leaves, and porcupine shaped dumplings filled with chili bean paste.
DISH – Pig Brain Mala – Bizarre Foods Chengdu
WHAT IS IT?
Pig brain mala is a dish of stewed pig brains and bean curd
(or tofu) in Sichuan sauce.
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