History of Szechuan Cuisine

Originating in southwestern China, the Szechuan culinary tradition emphasizes bold, strong flavors. In fact, it is so popular in China and around the world that UNESCO named one of the cities in the Sichuan region a city of gastronomy. The food is typically spicy and pungent due to the prevalence of chili and garlic. The most noticeable flavor, however, is the Sichuan pepper. Unlike red or black peppers, the Sichuan is not powerful and hot. The flavor is reminiscent of a citrus fruit like a lemon, and it is mostly utilized for the tingling, numb feeling it creates in the mouth. This readies the palate for the stronger garlic and chili peppers.

The Sichuan peppers, red peppers, and garlic are … Read the rest