Sichuan (English spelling Szechuan) used to only conjure up images of food which was too hot and spicy food for me to eat. Last night that all changed as we went to a traditional Sichuan Opera. It’s a mix of styles, each act being completely different than the one before.
There was drumming, comedy, acrobatics, fire spitting and face change. Youtube is banned here in China, but I do recommend searching out “face change opera” and having a look (I did this from NZ before we left home).
Of course my original impression was not far off and eating here has been hot. We even tried the traditional Sichuan Hot Pot – well not completely traditional, we had ours made “mild” (but it wasn’t that mild). Hubby braved the medium temperature. I gave his bowl a tiny try and that was enough for me. What you get is a pot of boiling water, oil, spices and a few vegetables. It sits on a burner on your table, and once boiling you add the meats and veggies and “cook” them in your hot pot.
Lucky for us, our awesome guide Jay showed us how to eat.
All photos on this page © Rhonda Albom 2012