by Blake Bergen Photography


Hot and Sour Fish | 酸汤鱼


A speciality of Kaili and its surrounding areas, this spicy and sour fish hot pot is a must-try. The fish perfectly soaks up the wonderfully bizarre medley of flavors in the broth. Best with some rice wine on the side!

Zhenyuan, Guizhou, China | 中国贵州镇远


Sweet and Sour Pork | 糖醋里脊


Who says sweet and sour pork isn’t really Chinese food?

Chengdu, Sichuan, China | 中国四川成都

Lotus Root | 藕


Lotus root is crunchy, healthy, and beautiful when sliced.

Chengdu, Sichuan, China | 中国四川成都

Sichuan Peppercorns (Green) | 青花椒


Green Sichuan peppercorns smell extra pungent and have a more tinny and floral flavor.

Chongqing, China | 中国重庆

Bayberry | 杨梅


One berry I always wanted to try but never went for it… Next time!

Leishan, Guizhou, China | 中国贵州雷山

Dried Tofu | 豆腐干


Dried tofu with spicy shredded carrots. It’s topped off with sauce once you’re ready for it, so it doesn’t get soggy.

Leshan, Sichuan, China | 中国四川泸州

Fried eggs with tomato | 番茄炒蛋


A popular dish amongst other foreigners in Sichuan, this was maybe my least favorite specialty. Sweet and salty, but lacking in the characteristic Sichuan spice!

Fushun, Sichuan, China | 中国四川富顺