Sichuan cuisine is much more than just chillies and peppercorns. It is a multi-faceted and rich gastronomy culture that displays incredible depth and breadth encompassing a myriad of taste profiles – from sweet and sour vinegar sauce based, to numbingly spicy or “ma la”.
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In 2010, Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, became Asia’s first city to be designated a “City of Gastronomy” by UNESCO, a testament to the status of Sichuan food. Indeed, this cuisine is fast winning the hearts and minds of foodies here, if you go by the number of Sichuan restaurants peppering the island these days.
If you are looking to go on a Sichuan cuisine adventure, here are eight of the best places to begin your quest: