by Blake Bergen Photography


Fried Rice Noodles / Chow Fun | 炒河粉


There’s a million ways to call these noodles in English – rice noodles, chow fun, he fen, chao fen, hor fun, ho fun, char kway teow. I just call them delicious AF.

Shenzhen, Guangdong, China | 中国广东深圳


Sichuan BBQ | 烧烤


Smokey, spicy, cuminy street meats and veggies on skewers will have you begging for more. And then begging for a bathroom.

Chengdu, Sichuan, China | 中国四川成都

Figs | 无花果


Figs are like basically the best fruit.

Chengdu, Sichuan, China | 中国四川成都

Tea | 茶


This type of tea cup is called a “gaiwan” – which consists of a teacup, saucer, and a lid. Designed in the Ming Dynasty, you can use the lid to hold back the tea leaves. Perfect for green tea like this one!

Chengdu, Sichuan, China | 中国四川成都

Chongqing Small Noodles |重庆小面


Chongqing small noodles are a thin slightly chewy noodle swimming in spicy and numbing oil. Typically served with scallions and bok choy, but you can add all sorts of toppings!


Look at that glorious red.


The fixin’s that make up Chongqing small noodles.

Chongqing, China | 中国重庆

Braised Pork with Preserved Vegetables | 梅菜扣肉


Pork as smooth as butter with the fullness of soy sauce, served over preserved veggies. Particularly enjoyable on a cold winter day!

Chengdu, Sichuan, China | 中国四川成都

Sunflower Seeds | 瓜子


Sunflower seeds in China are like potato chips or popcorn in America – ubiquitous, beloved, and in so many different flavors. Camp out at a teahouse with a never ending bowl of sunflower seeds and you’re good for an afternoon of zen.

Zhangye, Gansu, China | 中国甘肃张掖