Sichuan cuisine is fiery and delicious. Bear in mind that, because most dishes are spicy, you should request a level of piquancy to suit your taste, when ordering. Most restaurants are used to this and will gladly accommodate you. Dishes feature plenty of Sichuan pepper with its trademark hot-and-sour taste, and local specialities include Sichuan hotpot. This dish is designed to share; a simmering pot of spicy soup is placed in the centre of the table, into which meat, tofu and vegetables can be added by diners.
Street food in Chengdu is worth a try, but it can be unusual, and may not be to everyone's taste. Look out for spicy rabbit, spicy snails and Chongqing duck neck. Street vendors are a great option for a tasty snack or lunch on the go, in between sightseeing bouts. Why not enjoy ya cai bao (steamed buns), which you will find served all over the city, traditionally eaten for breakfast.
Dining out in Chengdu is affordable, and as well as Sichuan restaurants you will find Chinese, Japanese and Western options.