Still figuring out what's for dinner (or breakfast or lunch)? Let us help you with our pool of Chengdu essential eating guides. This should provide a comprehensive introduction to Sichuanese cuisine, Chinese dining etiquette, and Chengdu snacks. Below you will find them summarized and arranged for easy navigation.
In "Sichuan Cuisine - an outsider's overview," food writer Jessie Levine explains Sichuanese cuisine as an insider to gastronomic appreciation but an outsider to Sichuan.
We sit down for an interview with Fuchsia Dunlop, often dubbed Sichuan cuisine's ambassador to the West.
Darrem Lim concisely explains the simple and complex flavors of Sichuan.
Naturally, he emphasizes the omnipresent Sichuan peppers in "Three things you didn't know about Sichuan peppers."
Sometimes you just want to go outside and snack, but you don't know what all that stuff is? Try this.
Want to dive even deeper into the mala pot? Take Metro Line 2 out to Pixian and visit the Sichuan Food Museum to learn about the historical side of eating local. Of course it's only complete with a stop at the decent museum restaurant, which is also open for cooking classes.
Want to show off your Chinese dining manners? After reading
At Last: Order in the Food Court!, you should be able to impress your Chinese guests, or at least avoid the main faux pas at Chengdu's most fancy restaurants.
No patience? Skip the Question and Answer and read the compressed version instead: Ordering Chinese Food Made Simple
You think you know it all? Test your knowledge with What's Your Chinese Eating Etiquette IQ?
Or fast forward directly to the most comprehensive bilingual Sichuanese food menu, which should aid in your endeavor to get the good stuff in any Sichuanese restaurant.
Finally find yourself in our table of stereotypes
More foodie guides to come!