Caution: do NOT read this post if you are on a diet.
There’s saying in Chinese.
Which basically means food first.
A Bite of China is a documentary for foodies.
3 seasons. A total of 25 episodes. Each episode covers dozens of dishes. Here’s a taste from Season 1 Episode 1–Gifts from Nature:
If you just have a bite of every single one of the dishes featured in the 25 episodes, you would transform from this:
But nothing could deter a foodaholic, especially a capsaicinophilic (“lover of chilli”. Don’t tell me it’s not a word. There’s a society for such people.)
If you are a fellow capsaicinophilic and you’re coming to China, these are the places you’d want to visit:
Of the Very Spicy areas, this is how much chilli the residents can eat:
Some say Sichuanese people are crazy, and made a chart comparing their tolerance for spiciness. It looks like this:
Here are the ten most popular dishes from Sichuan.
1. hot pot 火锅
2. fish in chilli oil 水煮鱼
3. double-cooked pork 回锅肉
4. mapo tofu 麻婆豆腐
5. shredded pork with garlic sauce 鱼香肉丝
6. pork slices in vegetable oil 水煮肉片
7. stir-fried chicken 辣子鸡
8. fish in pickled vegetable soup 酸菜鱼
9. kung pao chicken 宫保鸡丁
10. duck blood in chilli sauce 毛血旺
Let’s see which dish does not contain chilli or Sichuan pepper.
Hmm . . .
None of them!
Even kung pao chicken.
There’s the Western version of its recipe:
Then there’s the Sichuan version:
When a Sichuanese tells you “It’s not really that spicy”, do not take their word at face value.
What normal people think the meaning of “not really that spicy” is:
What Sichuanese people think the meaning of “not really that spicy” is:
What normal people’s yuan yang hot pot with both spicy and non-spicy sections looks like:
What Sichuanese people’s yuan yang hot pot with both spicy and non-spicy section looks like:
This is Sichuan ice cream:
This is Sichuan “sugar”:
This is Sichuan night time snack:
This is Sichuan sausage:
This is Sichuan cat:
This is harvest season:
This is Sichuan Airlines food:
If your soul mate comes from Sichuan, you know he/she loves you dearly when he/she’s willing to compromise.
Excuse me, I’m going to have to end the post here, and go find a bucket to catch my drool . . .