Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sichuan Food Intro

Sichuan (also known as Szechuan in the states) food is an important regional cuisine in China, one of the four major Chinese cuisines as well as Canton food, Shanghai food and Shandong food. It is originally from the region of Sichuan, a province in southwestern China.
Video about Sichuan, which is also the hometown of the lovely Pandas :)

Sichuan food is famous for its hot and spicy dishes, but not all Szechuan cuisine is spicy. Some dishes even have five taste flavors (sweet, sour, spicy, salty and bitter).
Common ingredients include chili peppers, peppercorns, Sichuan peppers (also known as flower pepper), sugar, vinegar, dried orange peel, garlic, ginger, etc. Common cooking methods are smoking and simmering, which allow all the ingredients enough time to infuse food with rich tastes and flavors.
You can find Sichuan dishes in almost every Chinese restaurant, and you can ask them to alter the spicy flavor according to your own taste.

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