Sichuan though, was relatively easy - everyone in Sichuan is an obsessed food fanatic and food is a constant topic of conversation, so I had my many questions happily answered.
Sichuan cuisine has been unfairly pegged in the Western world as consisting of nothing but mouth-numbing sichuan pepper (hua jiao) and paralytic amounts of chili. Not so - Sichuan cuisine is complex and diverse, using sour, sweet, salty, astringent and spicy flavours, and many dishes are - gasp - not spicy at all. As the locals say, it's all about balance.
Again, this is not an exhaustive list of famous Sichuan dishes, although some on the list are very well known and can be found all over the province. It's simply a list of ten foods I enjoyed so much I'm desperate to try them again, and I hope you enjoy them too.Chinese food.