Craving for Spicy Chinese Food in Albuquerque? Try Sichuan Cuisine!

Posted by James Moore

The phrase “fire ‘em up!” can take on a whole new definition when you treat yourself to some wonderful Chinese meals – specifically Sichuan cuisine. The Wall Street Journal’s Mitch Moxley is all praise about one of Chinese cuisine’s so-called Four Great Traditions:

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“Sichuan food is renowned for its intense, spicy flavors, owed to the liberal use of chili peppers, numbing Sichuan peppercorn, bean paste and garlic. Westerners are familiar with versions of some classic Sichuan (also spelled Szechuan) fare—think kung pao chicken. But the cuisine features some 5,000 dishes, the vast majority seldom tasted beyond China’s borders.”

The fiery appeal of Sichuan cooking may possibly suit the tastes of Albuquerque residents, especially in the cool months of winter. In fact, the city already has direct flights to Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province which was declared a City of Gastronomy by the United Nations Economic, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). However, why go far out west, when you can relish some of Sichuan cooking’s finest offerings through a great place of Chinese food in Albuquerque like Lin’s Grand Buffet?

A casual look at your preferred Chinese buffet place’s menu will reveal various products of Sichuan cuisine. Kung pao is available in either chicken, beef, or shrimp, but you can kick off the feast with a serving of Hot and Sour Soup. Take note that the presence of bean paste and cornstarch gives Sichuan dishes an oily red broth. In addition, some experts suggest washing the spices down with beer, tea – or a serving of rice.

Some chefs who specialized in Sichuan cuisine have found that the large variety of spices and other ingredients help add diversity of flavors. The flavors are preserved as well when the ingredients are stirred in a hot wok. Moreover, one method of Sichuan cuisine – dry-braising – involve stirring fibrous ingredients until only the oil remains.

Sticking to just one form of Chinese cuisine may not be ideal for adventurous foodies. Therefore, Chinese restaurants in Albuquerque such as Lin’s Grand Buffet break this monotony with dishes from other Chinese styles such as Cantonese and Mandarin, plus Japanese and Mongolian.

Some people may say that “if you’re not sweating, you’re not eating.” Prove them right with a serving of delicious Sichuan food that is sure to fire up your taste buds–in a good way of course!

(Source: China’s Hottest Cuisine, Wall Street Journal, 21 January 2011)