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Hot Pot Chongqing

Since Chongqing was originally part of Sichuan, most of the cuisine is Sichuan style and which is hot and spicy. Important ingredients in Sichuan cuisine are chilies, Sichuan pepper, garlic, ginger, and fermented soybean.
There are many excellent Sichuan dishes, including duck smoked over a mixture of camphor and tea leaves, then deep-fried, and bean curd scrambled with minced pork and spicy seasonings.
Another of the well-known Chinese dishes from Sichuan is Mapo Tofu, translated as “pockmarked woman’s tofu”. This dish originated in the 19th century, so the story goes, when Mrs. Chen, the pockmarked woman, created a spicy bean curd dish in her family-owned tavern.

To make your food more colorful and interesting in Chongqing, we have digged out the featured snacks with lots of fun. It could be unique experience and even once-in-lifetime experience. Choose your likes and enjoy!

Chongqing Hot-pot

Chongqing Hot-pot

Hot-pot, one of Chongqing’s trademarks, is well known both at home and abroad. The fresh, fragrant, and spicy hot-pot of Chongqing provides many dining options. Today, despite its humble beginnings, Chongqing Hot-pot can be found all over China.

Love it or loathe it, one can’t visit Chongqing without trying the local hot pot at least once!! What is it about this dish that you might view with disgust and disdain, yet is so revered by locals and even some visitors. How does a dish like Chongqing hot pot rise from such humble beginnings to now be regarded as a gastronomic delight and the ‘signature dish’ of the whole region?

To find out how this happened let’s dive into the history of hot pot. The Chinese have been eating from ‘hot pots’ for more than a 1000 years and they most likely originated in Mongolia. There doesn’t seem to be a definitive history of hot pot in Chongqing until the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) Things began to change in the late 19th century, when live cattle from Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan provinces were transported by river, slaughtered, sold or preserved in the port of Chongqing. The best cuts of meat were shipped out or sold to the upper and middle classes while the internal organs, including stomach and kidney, were discarded or sold cheaply.

Little went to waste around the docks of Nanji Men in those days and the porters, water carriers, sailors, boat trackers, washer women, and the night soil porters were quick to pick up on the discarded offal, adding it to their little clay pots. Known as毛肚火锅Maodu Huoguo, after the tripe it contained, this soon became a popular, low cost dish amongst the poor. A pinch of salt, spice and numbing peppers gave an otherwise bland and mundane meal a lot of zing.

Gan guo & Chuan chuan

Gan guo

Gan guo (literally: dry pot),different from hot pot which needs a soup.

Just sit back and watch the staff cook your order for you. The ingredients of a dry pot are usually a mixture of vegetables or meat. Dry pots are cheaper and come in three sizes. They are not usually as hot as hotpot.

Chuan chuan
Chuan chuan

Home-Style Chongqing Dishes

He’s a list of what we consider to be 9 of Chongqing’s most famous, popular and foreigner-friendly dishes. All these dishes are traditionally eaten with rice (米饭mǐ fàn) and are best shared between two or more people considering the average portion sizes. Most Chongqing restaurants will serve these dishes, which helps if you cannot read a menu.

Kung Pao Chicken
Fish Flavored Pork
Twice-cooked Pork
Mapo Tofu
Dry Chili Chicken
Spicy Boiled Beef

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