Chengdu snacks enjoy a high reputation both at home and abroad with their unique colors, aromas, shapes and tastes. There is a statement that "All good foods are found in Chengdu." According to statistics, Chengdu has at least over 500 different kinds of established snacks and over 5,000 stores that serve snacks.
Famous Chengdu Snacks are Guo Tangyuan, Couple Lung Slice, Lai Tangyuan, Longchaoshou, Dandan Noodles and so on.
Guo Tangyuan enjoys equal popularity with Lai Tangyuan in Chengdu. The Guo Tangyuan Restaurant was founded in the 1940s. Prepared with high-quality glutinous rice flour, Guo Tangyuan has a wide variety of stuffing, such as black sesame seeds and sweetened bean paste.
Couple Lung Slice: Legend has it that in the 1930s, Guo Chaohua and his wife ran a restaurant, serving a delicious dish called Lung Slice, which was well received by customers. Hence the name Couple Lung Slice. Beautiful in color, soft and tender, aromatic and spicy, it is one of famous dishes of Sichuan.
Lai Tangyuan (balls made of glutinous rice flour served in soup): In 1894 a person whose name was Lai Yuanxin sold balls made of glutinous rice flour along the street. His balls featured thin skin, delicious stuffing, a sweet taste and a good smell. Later he ran a store named as "Lai Tangyuan." Balls served by this store have been well received by the Chengdu people.
Longchaoshou (dumpling soup, or wonton known in north China): In the 1940s Zhang Guangwu, owner of the "Strong Scented Teahouse," founded a wonton restaurant in cooperation with others, named "Longchaoshou." The dumplings offered by the restaurant feature thin skin, tender stuffing and delicious soup.
Dandan Noodles, originally sold by peddlers along the street. are delicious and spicy.