Hotpot, chuan chuan, mapo tofu, twice cooked pork, eggplant in fishy sauce… A menu in a Sichuan restaurant can be confusing when written in English, but it’s even more confusing when written in Chinglish or Chinese! Sichuan food is numb, spicy and full of flavour; it’s some of the most delicious in all of China, so it’s a shame if you don’t get to experience the best of it just because a menu throws you off. Even if you’re not a big fan of the potentially extreme spice, there’s still plenty of choice. There literally is something for everyone. The hardest part of eating in Chengdu is deciding what to have first, and if you don’t speak Chinese or are just passing through, how on earth do you make sure you’re sampling the best food that this city has to offer?!
Simple. Jordan from Chengdu Food Tours will show you the way. Closing your eyes and pointing at a menu might work some of the time but, let me tell you from experience, you will end up disappointed at least once! Even if you are lucky enough to know or be a Chinese speaker, it’s unlikely you’ll find someone quite as knowledgeable about the food in Chengdu as Jordan is.
I was lucky enough to spend a day with Jordan, exploring the streets of Chengdu, getting tips straight from the ultimate foodie’s mouth and watching how he finds the perfect restaurants to visit on his tours. One tip I learnt was to queue! I’m a big fan of avoiding crowds of people, especially at restaurants, but it makes sense – if there’s a queue outside, the food inside must be good! I’ve been in Chengdu for over three years now and even after just spending a day with him, I’d tried some delicious food that I’d never even heard of before.
Jordan is passionate about what he does and it really shows. During every meal, and even walking around the streets, I was informed about ingredients, flavours, cooking processes and more! Even for the “non-foodies” out there, it’s a great way to discover some of the best dishes that Chengdu has to offer. Coming to China with special eating requirements can also be difficult, but Chengdu Food Tours can be catered to suit your needs. Let’s face it, some people love trying the weird and wonderful (pig brain, I’m looking at you) and some people simply just don’t.
See the Toast City Production video below for a taster of what a Chengdu Food Tours trip can offer you. Let me tell you, you’ll come away from it full and satisfied. What more could you want from a meal?
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