It is true that Sichuan cuisine is noted for its spiciness and heavy applications of chili, Sichuan peppercorn and various other spicy ingredients. However, some well-known dishes in the province, with Chengdu as its gastronomic capital, are totally free from spiciness or just slightly spicy.
Today we will recommend some not-spicy dishes which you can easily find in the city, just to offer people with little tolerance of spiciness.
Twice Cooked Pork
Twice Cooked Pork (回锅肉) is a Sichuan dish of spicy seared pork belly that's way too famous to ignore and too delicious not to share.
All the red hot chili bean sauce and green peppers covering the dish make it look hot and spicy, but when cooked right, this dish melts in your mouth and gives such a pleasant flavor that you may down two or three servings of rice with it.
Pig-Knuckle Soup is one of the favorite dishes for locals. It is traditionally eaten by people in Chengdu to restore strength and health. The soup would be milky and sweet and the meat and bones get separated after being stewed for hours. It feels like the knuckle would melt immediately after you take a bite. It would be the best to have it with some chili sauce in the bleak winter' days.
Pig's Intestines and Chicken
Do you like intestines? What about intestines stewed with chicken soup? The flavor of intestine itself, chicken soup and special sauce would mix together after this dish is done. And also you won't feel it too greasy to eat intestines with chicken and vegetables.
Leshan Sweet Skin Duck
Leshan Sweet Skin Duck enjoys a high fame for its great taste and basically it could be found everywhere in Chengdu. The duck is stewed in a special sauce, which makes the duck skin a little sweet crispy and tender, just very light spicy with fragrant and salty duck meat. Some people even think the Leshan Sweet Skin Duck is more delicious than Beijing Roast Duck. So if you come to Chengdu or Leshan, don't miss the chance to taste it!
Steamed Rice Powder and Pork
Steamed Pork with Rice Powder (粉蒸肉in Chinese), a renowned dish in Sichuan Province, is popular in many areas of south China, including Sichuan, Hubei, Hunan, Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces. With streaky pork and glutinous rice powder as the main ingredients, this dish is healthy and nutritious. It can be spicy or sweet depending on how it is prepared. This dish looks mouthwatering and tastes fat but not greasy. The fragrant sauce and meat match perfectly.
Stewed Side Pork in Szechwan Style
There are styles of this dish, salty one and sweet one. We would recommend new-comers to try the sweet one for there being no chance for you to have it out of Sichuan province. Sweet bean paste and glutinous rice have been steamed inside of the streaky pork and it will be covered with white sugar after it's done. This dish is more like a dessert and some foreign people describe it as "meat cake".
The salty one is more like braised pork, with pickles inside.
Pork and Sizzling Rice Crust
Pork and Sizzling Rice Crust is known as "锅巴"in Chinese, with a hard and crispy texture and delicious toasted flavor. It is usually served with thick sauce and pork. One of the interesting things about this kind of dish is that it's not only delicious and smells good, but also makes a "sound". When the staff pours thick sauce on it, it will start to make a popping noise. The whole combination of sizzling rice and sweet and sour sauce tastes delicious.
Steamed Chinese Cabbage in Supreme Soup
This dish looks very simple but tastes very well. It is said that it is included in the state banquet. Supreme soup is the essence of this dish. And you needn't use the whole cabbage. The core of the cabbage is the most important ingredient.
Jellied Bean Curd Shape of Chicken
This dish looks like jellied bean curd, but it's actually chicken, and tastes extraordinary.