What colors come to your mind as you think of Chengdu? When I think of the city, I always have the view of the multicolored image of its foods―the hotpot, the sugar paintings, the braised chicken, the green onions topping Mapo Tofu, and so on.
And here are the Pantone swatches of foods in Chengdu―each color finds its matching food―for you to have a reference when you come to choose dishes.
Red ― hotpot, Spicy Chicken, Mapo Tofu
Chengdu locals show a special passion for hotpot
, which is part of the happiness and satisfaction of Chengdu life.
Carrot ― Sugar Painting, Fried Rice Ball, Fried Dough Twist, Juntun Pancake
The Fried Rice Balls skewered on bamboo sticks, chewy, sweet and nutritious, is a famous Sichuan snack
Cotton White ― Mashed Chicken, Ice Jelly
The Mashed Chicken (雪花鸡淖, literally snowflake chicken) is a less-known traditional Sichuan dish with a distinctive style as being non-spicy and delicate treatment of chicken that features finely mashed chicken.
Cream ― Rice Powder Jelly, Brown Sugar Pancake
The Brown Sugar Pancake, with the crunchy crust, soft inner part and the melted brown sugar filling, is a quite popular sweet snack in Chengdu.
Chestnut ― Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs, Steamed Pork, Spicy Chicken
All the three above are well-known household dishes in Chengdu, and you can find them in almost all the restaurants in the city.
Sunflower ― Braised Chicken, Fried Potato Pancake, Pineapple-flavored Rice
Fried Potato Pancake can be easily found in the streets and lanes around the city for its tastes and friendly prices.
Green ― Zongzi, vegetable dumplings
During the Dragon Boat Festival, Chengdu people eat Zongzi (glutinous rice balls stuffed with different fillings, covered with green leaves).