Chongqing Dining

As one branch of Sichuan cuisine, Chongqing food is spicy as well. But many local people believe that the food there is even spicier and stronger than other Sichuan food. Walking in the downtown streets, you can see so many big or small restaurants. However, the Chongqing cooks feel great pressure to copy with the critical local customers as the locals always like to try something new. If you don't make progress, then you will lose clients. Chongqing people are born gourmets, even a bit too fussy.
What to eat ijn Chongqing?
Chongqing is reputed as a paradise of foodies. The city has all kinds of restaurants and food stalls where you can pick up a cheap and tasty meal for less than RMB10. Different from many other Chinese cuisines,Chongqing dishes are ideal for the solo diner - arriving in small individual sized portions!

Chongqing Hotpot
Pungent and delicious hotpot can feature Chognqing's dining. It enjoys reputation not only in China but also in the world. Visitors can find countless hotpot restaurants along all the streets, hence its nickname - Hotpot City. There are various styles and tastes, such as, duck, seafood, beef and chicken. Apart from that, the western-style hotpot, it is prepared specially for foreigners.

Jiangjin Swelled Candy Rice
Jiangjin Swelled Candy Rice is one of the most famous specialties of Chongqing. It is made of rice, walnuts, peanuts, sesame, sugar, lard oils, caramel, rose sugar and other more than 10 procedures. It tastes sweet and crisp with rich nutrition.

Sliced Meat with Crispy Rice
Sliced meat with crispy rice is a favored local dish of Chongqing. The meat tastes soft and tender while the rice is crispy. When the dish is served, you can even hear the sizzling sound emerging from the rice.

Chongqing Noodles
You might want to try the common noodle dishes. Spicy flavored noodles might be better for your health because the spices kill bacteria. If you are eating at a cheaper restaurant, make sure the meal is served hot. Eat cold or room-temperature food only at the cleaner places.

Old Sichuan Beef Jerky
Beef Jerky is a kind of Sichuan snacks which was first produced in 1937. To make it, high quality fresh beef is mixed with sugar, salt, natural flavor, plant oil and so on. The Beef Jerky is nutritious and chewy, and tastes really good.

Pork Leg with Rock Candy
Pork leg cooked with rock candy is a most favored local dish for Chongqing people. The dish features red and bright in color, tender taste, and sweet flavor.

Yongchuan Bean Sauce
Yongchuan Bean Sauce is only produced at the Yongchan County of Chongqing. The sauce is stewed from beans, sticky rice, distilled spirit and other special ingredient. The sauce tastes really fragrant and it is a best ingredient to cook Chongqing Cuisine.

Fuling Pickles
Fuling Pickles are made from mustard root (a radish-like vegetable) indigenous to Fuling, a district of Chongqing municipality in southwest China. The history of Fuling pickles could be traced back to more than 100 years ago. Nowadays, Fuling Pickles are widely spread all around China. The producing procedures were even listed as a national intangible cultural heritage in 2008. Fuling Pickles are now exported to more than 50 countries and regions, including Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States.

Where to eat in Chongqing?
Visitors will be amazed by so many hotpot restaurants in the city. There are several popular ones of the local people. Tao Ran Ju, Cai Gen Xiang, Xiao Tian E and Shun Feng 123 are all great local restaurants. Visitors can enjoy local hotpot and other delicious Sichuan dishes here.

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