Food in Chengdu is mainly Sichuan Cuisine, which contains food preserved through pickling, salting, and drying and is generally spicy.
Chilies are used in many dishes. The locals say that chilies are beneficial for cooling you down in the summer and keep you warm in the winter. They are also said to protect against illnesses that come from living in a damp climate.
Famous dishes include the famous Chengdu Hot Pot, Ma Po Bean Curd, ChuanChuan Xiang and so on.
Chengdu Hot Pot
Hotpot is very popular in Chengdu and is known for its spicy and hot flavor. Although this kind of hotpot is taken as the Chongqing specialty by the locals, it has become famous and popular all over the country for a long time.
Ma Po Bean Curd
It is a combination of tofu (bean curd) set in a spicy chili- and bean-based sauce, typically a thin, oily, and bright red suspension, and often cooked with minced meat, usually pork or beef. Variations exist with other ingredients such as water chestnuts, onions, other vegetables, or wood ear fungus, but these are rarely considered authentic Sichuanese.
Also called Ma La Tang, vegetables, sausages, shrimps and anything edible can be threaded onto a bamboo stick and cooked in the hot pot.