Sichuan cuisine combines the culinary traditions from Chengdu and Chongqing. From as early as the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), books had systematically recorded a total of 38 cooking methods like to scald, wrap, bake, mix, stew, and adhere, etc. it features pungent seasonings which were famed as 'Three Peppers' (Chinese prickly ash, pepper and hot pepper), 'three aroma' (shallot, ginger, and garlic), 'Seven Tastes' (sweet, sour, tingling, spicy, bitter, piquant, and salty), and 'eight flavors' (fish-flavored, sour with spice, pepper-tingling, odd flavor, tingling with spice, red spicy oily, ginger sauce, and home cooking).
Here is a sample of some popular Sichuan-style dishes:
Stir-fried Tofu with Minced Beef in Spicy Bean Sauce - A real feast of tender bean curd, minced beef, pepper and bean sauce. It is said that it was made by a pock-marked but ingenious woman, thus the name Ma Po Tofu (pock-marked woman's bean curd).
Lamp-shadow Beef - With larruping techniques, the beef is cut in very thin sheet. When a piece is carried, it looks like translucent paper, slippery and reddish. When put under the lamp or light, a red shadow will appear.
Lung Pieces by Couple - Quite popular in Chengdu. It got the name because the dish was often sold be a couple and today it retains the original savory, tender meat, tingling and spicy.
Gong Bao Ji Ding - In Chinese it is called Gong Bao Ji Ding. This is a tender chicken dish, tender as the meat is quickly fried. Flavored with peanuts, this is tasty and very popular.
We have designed our Sichuan cooking programs for all the foodies that just can’t get enough of Sichuan cooking. Based in Chengdu, you will receive hands-on instruction from professional native chefs, who will teach you all of the popular Sichuan dishes, and by the end, you will have the knowledge to be able to cook these savory meals back home.
At the beginning of the course, the teachers will explain to you their general knowledge of Chinese cuisine, especially Sichuan Cuisine. After the lectures each day, all the students will cook dishes themselves, covering everything from the preparation to the completion of the meal. At the end of the course, we will head to a famous local restaurant for a farewell dinner, where you will get to try out your new found skills firsthand, as you will help to prepare the final meal!