Gourmet Chengdu

Authors: Go Chengdu


An internationally-renowned food culture city as well as the home to the Sichuan-style cuisine, Chengdu was named by UNESCO the City of Gastronomy in February, 2010.
UNESCO designated Chengdu the City of Gastronomy in February, 2010. Chengdu is an internationally-renowned food culture city as well as the home to the Sichuan-style cuisine. Its diversity in food culture is attributable to a time-honored history and a variety of ecological, cultural and ethnic resources. The local catering industry is headed primarily by large numbers of famous restaurants, caterers, cookery academies, institutions and associations. Good cooks are the major brand of Chengdu as a "city of food culture" as well as the core resources of local caterers and restaurants.

As a creative and innovative city in terms of food culture, Chengdu is known for a dozen exclusive honors in history: the earliest distillery in China, the oldest center of Chinese tea culture, the first center of Chinese cuisine culture and the first Chinese cuisine museum in China.

Take the Sichuan-style cuisine for example. As one of the four Chinese cuisine systems, it’s known internationally for a spicy hot flavor. A proverb goes that just as Chinese food culture is the highest developed in the world, the Sichuan-style cuisine is the best known in China.
Sichuan-style cuisines may be prepared in a wide variety of flavors to cater to individual tastes. Emphasizing particularly the combination of color, smell, flavor and look, Sichuan-style cuisine integrates the conspicuous features of the southern China cuisine and the northern China cuisine. They are best known for diverse and strong tastes. The most proverbial of all Sichuan-style cuisines include over 300 recipes, e.g. Shredded Pork with Garlic Sauce, Kung Pao Chicken, Mapo Tofu, Zhangcha Duck and Tripe Hotpot.
sauteed diced chicken with chili pepper (Phtoto by Jiuchi)

Chili, Garlic, Peppercorn: the SHIC Style of Alfredo Bendezu

Alfredo Bendezu, from Peru, came to Chengdu to learn how to cook Sichuan dishes at the Sichuan Higher Institute of Cuisine (SHIC), the only cooking school in China that offers professional and hands-on courses in Sichuan cuisine. He graduated from the institute in 2014.

Apr 16, 2015

Two-day Tour of Chengdu Cuisine

A stimulating 2-day experience of local snacks, dishes and culinary culture around Chengdu.

Oct 21, 2014

Chengdu-China's one of the top 10 foodie cities

Chengdu is no doubt the most popular place for gourmet aficionados. It is the birthplace of Sichuan cuisine, one of China's four major styles of cooking. In 2010, Chengdu was designated the "Capital of the World's Gourmet Food" by UNESCO, the first city in Asia to receive the honor. It is best represented by its hot pot cooking, spicy bean curd and Kung Pao chicken.

Jun 26, 2014

Sichuan Cuisine Culture Museum

The museum is a cultural theme scenic spot for culinary culture, food experience, shopping and recreation.

Oct 21, 2014

First Touch of Authentic Sichuan Food

Gastronomic enthusiasts Marc (France) and Arturo (the US) came to Daronghe Restaurant in Chengdu to learn how to cook Mapo Tofu and Kung Pao Chicken.

Oct 15, 2014

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