Snacking Chengdu • Jing Theory The archway greeting your entry, with Safe, government issued stalls with snow pear soup and 'iced sugar' fruit kebabs
One of several attractions along the way, a skilled craftsman blowing animal figurines out of a sugar concoction.
One of several attractions along the way, a skilled craftsman blowing animal figurines out of a sugar concoction.
This stall is the most photographed of all Chengdu street food, probably due to the colourful outfits and attractive chilies. In the first bamboo basket are 叶儿粑 Ye Er Ba, a classic. (Refer to the Snack A-Z below.)
Various meat skewers, pastries in a steamer.
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Snacking Chengdu

Chengdu’s streets have seen a great transformation over the years. Once the capital of Shu State during the Three Kingdom period, the city has had a rich and colourful history. Food culture has been particularly important, in private homes, high-end establishments, and crowded streets. Street snacks in particular, have made a name for themselves around the world, and are my earliest encounter with truly mind-blowing flavour.

Not your average street fare, Chengdu’s snacks are diverse in selection and sophisticated in preparation, only sourcing the best ingredients, using intricate techniques passed down for generations. Once ubiquitous as ‘fly restaurants’ or street carts, they are becoming harder and harder to find due to recent government efforts to ‘clean’ city streets.

I’ve written previously about the impending death of food culture in Chengdu, and as if in attempt to preserve an…

Jing | 08.05.12 at 01:13 AM |

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