Caution: do NOT read this post if you are on a diet.

 

There’s saying in Chinese.

民以食为天

Which basically means food first.

 

A Bite of China is a documentary for foodies.

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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:

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If you just have a bite of every single one of the dishes featured in the 25 episodes, you would transform from this:

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To this:

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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:

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Of the Very Spicy areas, this is how much chilli the residents can eat:

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Some say Sichuanese people are crazy, and made a chart comparing their tolerance for spiciness. It looks like this:

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Exaggeration?

Here are the ten most popular dishes from Sichuan.

1. hot pot 火锅

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2. fish in chilli oil 水煮鱼

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3. double-cooked pork 回锅肉

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4. mapo tofu 麻婆豆腐

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5.  shredded pork with garlic sauce 鱼香肉丝

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6. pork slices in vegetable oil 水煮肉片

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7.  stir-fried chicken 辣子鸡

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8. fish in pickled vegetable soup 酸菜鱼

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9.  kung pao chicken 宫保鸡丁

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10. duck blood in chilli sauce 毛血旺

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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:

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Then there’s the Sichuan version:

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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:

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What Sichuanese people think the meaning of “not really that spicy” is:

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What normal people’s yuan yang hot pot with both spicy and non-spicy sections looks like:

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What Sichuanese people’s yuan yang hot pot with both spicy and non-spicy section looks like:

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This is Sichuan ice cream:

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This is Sichuan “sugar”:

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This is Sichuan night time snack:

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This is Sichuan sausage:

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This is Sichuan cat:

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This is harvest season:

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This is Sichuan Airlines food:

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If your soul mate comes from Sichuan, you know he/she loves you dearly when he/she’s willing to compromise.

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Excuse me, I’m going to have to end the post here, and go find a bucket to catch my drool . . .

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