In Bizarre Foods Chengdu, part of the Delicious Destinations series featuring Andrew Zimmern, the host and his crew visited numerous restaurants in the city, showcasing a variety of unique and delicious dishes. Here is a convenient list of all the addresses and dishes highlighted in this exciting exploration of Chengdu’s food scene.
Hot pot, also referred to as steamboat, is prepared with simmering broth with oil, Sichuan peppercorns and chili peppers in a pot. Ginger and stock from pork ribs and fish are then added to complete the broth. Meat, seafood, mushrooms, vegetables and dumplings are typically added into the hot pot. A sesame-oil based sauce – usually made from a buffet by the eaters themselves – typically accompanies the hot pot meal to balance the spiciness.
In Chengdu, Chen Mapo Tofu is known to be the original mapo
DISH – Kung Pao Chicken – Andrew Zimmern Chengdu
WHAT IS IT?
Kung Pao chicken is a Sichuan dish of stir-fried chicken, chili pepper, Sichuan peppercorns, vegetables, crunchy peanuts and spicy sauce. It features the 7 flavors of Sichuan cuisine: sour, pungent, hot, sweet, bitter, aromatic, and salty.
Tea-smoked duck at Nantang is specially prepared through
using ducks from the northern portion of the Yangtze River. Duck is marinated
for 12 hours, boiled briefly with ginger leaves and cooking wine, and smoked
using camphor tree leaves, peanut shells, camphor wood and jasmine tea leaves,
before being finished in a deep fryer.
DISH – Dan Dan Noodles – Bizarre Foods Delicious Destinations Chengdu
WHAT IS IT?
Dan dan noodles (dandanmian) is a Sichuan noodle dish made
with wheat noodles, fiery chili sauce, and topped with seasoned ground pork. It
is said that the red chili oil is the soul of the dan dan noodles.
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