Sichuan cuisine is a form of cooking that originated from the Sichuan province in China. Like most Chinese cuisine, it is a very rice-heavy type of food, but it has its flavors. It is typically a much spicier form of cooking characterized by its distinct flavor from the Sichuan peppers and garlic they use in most of their cuisine.
But, how can you incorporate more of that spicy flavor you love so much into your daily meals? Fortunately for you, there are a few options for getting those flavors and distinctive tastes as often as you would like. So, let’s go over a few ways you can enhance all your meals with Sichuan cooking’s delicious flavors.
Get You Some Sauce
One of the easiest ways to get that Sichuan flavor on more of the foods you eat is simply to get yourself a bottle or jar of Sichuan sauce. This sauce is also one of the easiest and most convenient ways of experiencing the flavors, as it requires no extra cooking, and you can add as much or as little of it as you want to any meal you eat.
Sichuan sauce can be purchased at a lot of major retailers and online websites that will ship it directly to your door. I would recommend trying a few different types unless the first one you get has that perfect Sichuan flavor you already know and love. For anyone new to Sichuan cuisine, maybe try a few and pick which you like best or ask someone who is already keen on the sauce to recommend a good one.
Get Some Sichuan Pepper And Start From Scratch
If you would rather have a more authentic Sichuan flavor experience, there are all sorts of recipes online that you could try. Instead of using jarred sauce, these recipes will create the flavors from the raw ingredients as you cook the meal. Even if you don’t consider yourself even a decent cook, you can indeed find a recipe that you can accomplish as long as you read well and pay close attention.
This would be the most authentic way to get Sichuan cuisine’s flavors without going to the Sichuan Province and having a local make it for you. You will want to try and find recipes from the local area to be sure that your meal is as close to authentic as possible, and you will want to get some Sichuan peppers for the faithful, authentic taste you are looking for.
If All Else Fails, There Are Always Restaurants
While there aren’t many authentic Sichuan cuisine restaurants yet, the growing popularity is causing more to open up all the time. If you don’t want to cook it, this would be the second-best bet when trying to find more of your meals’ flavor. This will also be a more costly route, but it will get you closer to authentic tastes than most other options.
Sichuan cuisine (or Szechuan, as it is more commonly known) is becoming more and more popular among the food culture. These flavors have been around and evolving for centuries. With their distinct, regional flavor that people can’t seem to get enough of, you can be sure that these flavors will be sticking around for many more generations to come. As I am sure, most of us heard growing up about our food, “You won’t know if you like it if you never try it!”