Understanding Szechuan Cooking

Chinese spicy fried meat with herbs and vegetables

Chinese food has conquered the world. Who doesn’t love the tasty, refreshing Chinese cuisine that fills our taste buds? Among other Chinese cuisines, Szechuan stands out. The spiciness and the exquisite flavors are like a burst of different crackers inside the mouth.

The question is -What is it that makes Szechuan food so good that you cannot stop re-ordering it?

Szechuan food comes from Sichuan province in Southwest China. It is known for its unique taste and ingredients. The secret is the sauce that keeps together all sorts of food. You can put the sauce with chicken, and you get Szechuan chicken; with rice, it becomes Szechuan fried rice, there are even Szechuan momos.

The sauciness and spiciness of Szechuan cooking are here to entice your taste buds. Here’s an article that talks about Szechuan cooking and how it tastes.

How does it taste?

The dominating taste of Szechuan food is spiciness. They use some fragrances that give life to the food. These are pepper, cinnamon clove, aniseed, fennel, chili, and Sichuan pepper.

Is there any difference in the cooking method?

Yes, there are dozens of different cooking methods used. For instance, the most common method is stir fry, and it is slightly different from the American style of cooking. Some other techniques are boiling, steaming, deep fry, flavor potting, smoking, etc.

Some famous dishes to try

It is hard to list out a few dishes because all Szechuan dishes are majestic in their own right. But, we are giving a selected few worth trying if you haven’t tried Szechuan food before.

  1. Kung Pao Chicken

It is a very famous dish found in all Chinese restaurants. It contains fried chicken and red pepper, cooked with some peanuts. The spiciness and nuttiness make this dish a popular choice among people from all across the globe. These days chefs are inventing their version of Kung Pao. It is popular because outside Sichuan province, it is less spicy.

  1. Sichuan Hot Pot

The Sichuan Hot pot is a very spicy dish; it contains hot chili peppers and other spices. The meat could be anything ranging from goose to sea cucumber. They also have Chinese crystal sugar, wine, and hot pepper.

  1. Mapo Tofu

It is a spicy dish having minced pork or beef mixed with chili and bean sauce. It is a kind of bean curd.

  1. Dandan noodles

If you haven’t tried them out, you should get one on your next visit to a Chinese restaurant. The noodles are cooked in chili oil with vegetables and Sichuan pepper. They have minced pork as the topping.

  1. GanbianSijidou

The name sounds exotic, but the dish is deep-fried beans. They are crunchy when properly cooked. Deep-fried with minimal oil and mixed with chili oil, Sichuan pepper, ginger, and garlic.

Learn how to cook Szechuan food

Nowadays, a lot of people are into learning Chinese cooking. There are lots of videos available online teaching how to cook Szechuan food from scratch. It is easy to cook once you master the technique. Just be careful with the spicy ingredients as you don’t want to end up with overly spicy food! With time, you can make perfect Chinse dishes that you can serve at a family get-together or house party.

You can also get a wide variety of Szechuan sauces in the market that make cooking easier. Go for it!

Szechuan is a go-to cuisine today, they are great comfort foods, and nothing can beat the feel we get when you take a sip of that chili and pepper-infused hot broth or eat a piece of tinglingly spicy Szechuan chicken.


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