by Blake Bergen Photography


Stir-Fried Bamboo Shoots | 炒竹笋


Bamboo is a truly magical plant: sturdy, sustainable, and edible. These bamboo shoots were sauteed right up in the middle of the Yibin Bamboo Forest, so you know it’s fresh!

Yibin Bamboo Sea, Sichuan, China | 中国四川宜宾竹海


Hot and Sour Cabbage |酸辣白菜


People who say cabbage is boring never had cabbage in China. Soaks up alllllll the flavor!

Xining, Qinghai, China | 中国青海西宁

Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb Soup | 羊肉泡馍


Buttery lamb with rice noodles and tiny pieces of torn up pita bread. They recommend tearing them into tiny pieces as it soaks up the soup better.

Xi’An, Shaanxi, China | 中国陕西西安

Skewers in Chili Oil | 串串香


So many options so little stomach space. I try not to think about how many times they reuse the same skewers…

Luzhou, Sichuan, China | 中国四川泸州

Dumplings | 饺子


Nearly every culture has some sort of dumplings, but no one can rival those of the Chinese. Double pepper pork dumplings are unbeatable and very eatable. These babies were cooked up at my absolute favorite dumpling place in an alley off North Kehua Road in Chengdu.

Chengdu, Sichuan, China | 中国四川成都

Peking Duck | 北京烤鸭


Use your chopsticks pick up a thin wrap from the steamer and place it in your hand or on your plate. Then add your duck (with super crispy skin!), shredded scallions, and sauce (you can either use a spoon or lightly graze your duck into the sauce). When your proportions are to your liking, wrap up your duck taco and go to town. Is your mouth watering? Because mine surely is!

Luzhou, Sichuan, China | 中国四川泸州

Tea | 茶


In Sichuan, every time of year is time for tea. But fall/beginning of winter is the perfect time to sit out at a teahouse and warm your hands and belly with a nice cup of tea. Just keep refilling with hot water and let the leaves rest at the bottom.

Luzhou, Sichuan, China | 中国四川泸州