Sichuan FoodEach region of China has its own typical dishes that can be very different from any other place in China. If you’re getting tired of eating the same dishes all the time, what better way to explore Chinese dishes than by visiting a new restaurant with people who know about different and exciting dishes?

Each month we are visiting different restaurants to give students an opportunity to try new foods. This time is Sichuan food, also known as Szechuan food.

Famed for its bold flavors and spiciness, Sichuan cuisine uses a lot of garlic and chili peppers, as well as the Sichuan peppercorn. Szechuan cuisine often contains food preserved through pickling, salting, drying and smoking. Examples of some famous foods are fish in oil with chili and pepper, chicken in chili and pepper sauce.

Here are a few places we recommend in Shanghai to get your Sichuan fix:

  • Sichuan Citizen (378 Wukang Lu, 2/F, near Tai’an Lu)
  • Chuan Noodles (119 Xinhua Lu, near Dingxi Lu)
  • The Peacock Room (288 Shimen Yi Lu, TaiKoo Hui, Room S301, near Weihai Lu)
  • Madam Zhu’s Kitchen (889 Wanhangdu Lu, Yueda 889, 3/F, near Changshou Lu)

Still hungry? Read more about the ancient secrets in Chinese cuisine, on how to order and prepare Chinese food, or if you’re brave to try it out yourself, see our story on how to become a true Chinese Master Chef.

Updated 6/19/2019