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Cuisines in Chongqing

Cuisines in ChongqingChongqing dishes are rich in  flavor and use almost 40 different cooking methods in their preparation. Chongqing food is largely a hybrid of Sichuan cuisine and local specialty dishes.

Chongqing's city center is filled with restaurants and food stalls where you can pick up a cheap and filling meal for less than RMB10. Local specialties here include dumplings and pickled vegetables and, different from many other Chinese cuisines, Chongqing dishes are ideal for the solo diner- arriving in small individual sized portions!

This is where the HOTPOT originated and Chongqing residents are still very keen on their native dish, tucking in even when the sun is shining.

All the major hotels here, (including the Marriott and Holiday Inn) serve high quality western fare  and other Chinese regional cuisine.

Chongqing Hotpot

Chongqing hotpot is characterized by its spiciness! To suit customers of different preference, salty and sweet/sour flavors of hot pot are available. As long as you can stand the spiciness, you are advised to try the spiciest one to ensure an authentic experience!

Jiangtuan fish

Since Chongqing is located along Jialing River, travelers have a good opportunity to sample varieties of aquatic products. Among them, a local fish, Jiangtuan fish, also called big-head fish, is probably the best.

The steamed fish, retaining all the essence, will definitely leave a deep impression on anyone that has sampled it.

Pork leg cooked with rock candy

Pork leg cooked with rock candy is a common household dish of the Chongqing people. 

The finished dish, red in color and tender to taste ahs a strong and sweet after-taste.

Sliced meat with crispy rice

Sliced meat with crispy rice is a major dish in Chongqing. The meat tastes soft and tender while the rice is crispy, forming a sharp contrast with the former. 

When sampling this dish, you can even hear the sizzling sound emerging from the rice.

Stuffed Dumplings

Most probably you have tried stuffed dumplings made of glutinous rice, but you may still be amazed at the their mini counterpart in Chongqing. 

It is just hard to imagine how local folks can manage to cram the sweet stuffing into such a pearl-sized dumpling.


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