Sichuan characteristics of diet
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成都小吃英文介绍(The snacks of Chengdu)
Chengdu snacksare popular for their unique flavors and cooked with various seasonings. They have a particular style in color, smell, taste and shape.
Most of Sichuan food are quite spicy. You should be sure to ordernon spicy(不要辣;búyàolà),little spicy(微辣;wēilà) food orvery spicy(老辣;laola). If you are not accustomed to it yet,a small dish of soy(bean)sauceworks much better than water toquellthe spicy taste. However, if you are used to authentic Indian or Thai food, the level of spiciness in Sichuan food should be no problem at all. But I must mention that Sichuan food also makes heavy use ofSichuan pepper(花椒; huajiao), which looks like but is not a true peppercorn干胡椒, and causes your mouth/lips tobecome somewhatnumb. Sichuan pepper is added in most spicy dishes. If you can eat/prefer spicy food but do not like Sichuan pepper, you need toorder so (不要花椒; bu yao huajiao). However, authentic Sichuan tastescommonly used both Sichuan pepper and chili peppers in proportion, so I strongly recommend you to try the authentic versions with the Sichuan pepper before making your decision.
Sichuan being the most known Chinese food style within China, you will find no shortage of delicious Sichuan food in Chengdu. Most of the food is quite spicy, be sure to order non spicy (不要辣 bú yào là) or little spicy (微辣 wēi là) food, at least if you are not accustomed to it yet, or have a bottle of peanut milk ready to quell the fire. The local king of kings is the Hotpot, basically a big pot of oil, water and spices simmering in a hole in the middle of your table. Patrons choose from a big variety of skewered food including veggies, sea-weed, fish, beef, chicken, and dog's meat and proceed to boil them in the oil. After the meal, your bill will be calculated by counting the skewer-sticks.