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May Day Holiday Travel Guide: Chengdu - Light up your tongue

(People's Daily Online)

17:24, April 25, 2012

Sichuan Hot Pot (chinapic.people.com.cn)

Most favored dishes in Chengdu – Sichuan Hot Pot

Sichuan Hot Pot is probably the most favorite dish in Chengdu and even in Sichuan. In fact, the damp condition of Sichuan basin make hot pot, chili peppers and hua jiao, a unique mouth-numbing pepper from the western mountains of Sichuan, a necessity.

Sichuan Hot Pot was originated from the Xiaomi Dock near the Yangtze River. In the past, workers usually slept at the dock for night after work. In the evening, their favorite thing was to start a fire for dinner and getting warm. Their meal was just some flavored vegetables boiled in hot water in a pot. Later this dish was spread to all piers along the Yangtze River, and later it was named as “Hot Pot”.

Today Sichuan Hotpots have been categorized into the "Red Pot" (spicy flavor), the “White Pot” (seafood or mushroom flavor) and “Double Pot” (a pot includes both of the above). Moreover, more and more contents are included in the hotpot, you can put almost everything edible into it.

There is something special about cooking your own food when dining out. Everyone is so excited about the process of putting fresh meat and vegetable into the pot and wait for them to be cooked. You might not find the hot pot very spicy at the beginning, but as the water boils and spices grow stronger, you will find the food becoming spicier and your tongue will eventually become numb.

Hot pot is the pinnacle of all culinary experiences for Sichuan food and it could just be your most exciting meal in China!

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