When Andrew Zimmern picked Chengdu for his show Delicious Destinations, he and his crew picked many restaurants. Here are the addresses and the dishes showcased on Delicious Destinations Chengdu, all in a convenient list.

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DISH – Hot Pot

WHAT IS IT?

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.

WHERE IS IT?         

Shujiuxiang Hot Pot Restaurant
Renmin South Road South Extension Line Leisure Catering Yitiao Street, Wuhou
Chengdu, China

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Chengdu

At Shujiuxiang Hot Pot, a divider is placed in the pot to keep food elements separated while cooking. Local favorites include tripe, fish, marinated beef and pea shoots.

DISH – Mapo Tofu

WHAT IS IT?

Mapo doufu or mapo tofu is a popular Sichuan dish of cubed tofu served in a spicy sauce of minced beef and fermented soy bean and chili paste (douban). It can be served with a side of rice.

WHERE IS IT?

Chen Mapo Tofu Restaurant
197 W Yulong St, Luomashi, Qingyang
Chengdu, Sichuan, China

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Chengdu

In Chengdu, Chen Mapo Tofu is known to be the original mapo tofu restaurant.

DISH – Kung Pao Chicken

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.

WHERE IS IT?

Taolin Restaurant
No.69-1 Dongsheng Street
Chengdu, China

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Chengdu

At Taolin, Kung Pao chicken is stir-fried using the “velveting” technique to make the meat silky and tender.

DISH – Twice-Cooked Pork

WHAT IS IT?

This Sichuan-style dish starts with boiled pork which is then sliced before being stir-fried. Vegetables are then added into the stir-fried pork, along with spicy sauce.

WHERE IS IT?

Taolin Restaurant
No.69-1 Dongsheng Street
Chengdu, China

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Chengdu

Twice-cooked pork at Taolin is stir-fried into broad bean chili paste, some sugar, and green shallots.

DISH – Tea-Smoked Duck – Delicious Destinations Chengdu

WHAT IS IT?                       

This quintessential Sichuan dish is prepared through smoking marinated duck using tea and camphor leaves.

WHERE IS IT?

Nantang Restaurant
88 Fucheng Ave., Middle Section (at 9 Square)
Chengdu, Sichuan, China

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Chengdu

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.

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DISH – Dan Dan Noodles – 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.

WHERE IS IT?

Xiaomingtang Dandantian Shuimian
1 Jiangjun St, Luomashi, Qingyang
Chengdu, Sichuan, China

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NOTES – Delicious Destinations Chengdu

Xiaomingtang is popular for its authentic dan dan noodles and serves about 1500 orders each day.

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