Chengdu: City of Gastronomy

14:09, October 02, 2010      

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File photo taken on Sept. 26, 2010 shows a kind of Sichuan food made of tripes, beef and other materials in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province. People in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, not only visit the luxurious hotels, but also smaller restaurants scattering on the streets and lanes to enjoy the delicious dishes. Sichuan Cuisine, with the fiery-red chillies, long-lasting spicy flavor, presents people with exciting feast both to the eyes and the tongues, thus it becomes one of the symbols of Chengdu culture. With exceptional advantages, such as highly developed food industry, professional hotels and restaurants, plentiful talented cooks and time-honored traditional cooking skills, Chengdu hosts many different gourmet festivals and cooking competitions to promote and protect the traditional food culture. In return, last February, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially approved Chengdu to join its "Creative Cities Network", and granted Chengdu to become the second city in the world and the first city in Asia, which enjoys the designation of "City of Gastronomy". As the cradleland of Sichuan Cuisine, Chengdu has become one of the most important cuisine centers in the world. Sichuan Cuisine is an art of cooking tasty dishes. It has more than 20 major cooking skills and techniques, such as saute, boil, fry, stir-fry, roast, braise, stew, simmer, steam, bake, marinate and toss. Meanwhile, 10 major flavors, such as spicy, sour and hot, home-style, gingered, sweet and sour, and garlicky, make Sichuan Cuisine the first among the eight great styles of Chinese cuisine. But after all, it is the spicy and hot flavor that has guaranteed the world reputation of Sichuan Cuisine. In the coming three years, Chengdu will focus on six key projects - the establishment of its catering headquarters, product marketing, cuisine cultural exchange, cooking training and food research and development, aiming at yielding an annual increase of 19 percent to exceed 55 billion RMB yuan (8.2 billion U.S. dollars) in annual sales volume. (Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing)



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