Best Chinese Szechuan Cuisines in SheffieldPosted by: Lila Hu
Recommendations of the Best Chinese Szechuan Cuisines in Sheffield
Food travelled across the Atlantic Ocean, starting from Southern China via Indian Ocean, the Cape of Good Hope and directed to Western Europe;
- Food connects people distanced 5,000 miles at the end of both sides of the world
- Food is the most convenient way to bring overseas Chinese back to their hometown
- Food also gathered different regions inside of the UK closer
During the 5000 years of Chinese history, food has always played an important part. Food fostered Chinese culture, shaped different personalities by geographic position and reflected people’s daily habits. There are eight major Chinese cuisines that are scattered throughout parts of China, represented as, Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Szechuan and Zhejiang, respectively. In this article, we will focus on Szechuan cuisines which will give you a basic understanding of it and also some direction for you to find your best Szechuan Cuisines in Sheffield.
Tracing the origins of hotpot, it appears around 2000 years ago and became popular in Chinese Qing dynasty. As the name “hotpot” suggests, it is supposed to cook all the vegetables and meat in one pot with different sauces and boiling water. Cooking whilst eating is the most obvious feature of hotpot, which ensures the warmth of the food. Due to the mountainous geography, hotpot is especially suitable for the humid and cold climate in Szechuan area.
The most authentic flavour of hotpot is ‘Spicy and Numb’ which was developed in the city Chongqing. It strongly matches with the wet and the regularly misty weather of Chongqing. It says hotpot was created and developed by the people working on the river. Two major rivers, Yangzi River and Jialing River, meet in Chongqing which created massive employment in the river cruise industry. People working as porters on leisure ships, after finishing a day’s work, gathered around to enjoy hotpot as it is an easy-cooking, spicy and delicious cuisine, which can drive away their whole day’s fatigue and the coldness inside of their body.
Nowadays, hotpot has extended its flavours into shrimp, tomato, mushroom and so on, which allows people to have more choices to enjoy and compare.
In Sheffield, you now have a chance to taste the original Chongqing hotpot! The Xiongqi Hotpot restaurant, located on Glossop Road, provides authentic Chongqing hotpot. Various flavours are provided, and the traditional hotpot cooking equipment enables you to experience the most local and tasty hotpot in Sheffield, UK.
Address: 221 Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2GW
Poached Sliced Beef in Hot Chili Oil
Poached Sliced Beef in Hot Chili Oil comes from Zigong Sichuan in China. Abound in gifts of nature, Zigong was a crucial place in ancient Chinese farming culture. The symbol of it is cattle-drafted ferrous plough. Usually, the period of plough for strong cattle is one year. After the cattle is not able to aid the famers, the farmers would use the cattle as a source of food, and thus created dishes such as the Poached Sliced Beef in Hot Chilli Oil.
Poached Sliced Beef in Hot Chili Oil tastes fresh, spicy and smooth. It is supposed to use beef tenderloin with starches and cook with bean sprout or cabbage in the sauce mixed with chilli powder, soy sauce, pepper, sesame oil, garlic and ginger.
The cooking process is relatively easy, however you might not have all the necessary ingredients for Poached Sliced Beef in Hot Chili Oil.
So maybe try Sheffield’s China Red restaurant established in 2006 specialize in Sichuan cuisine. Poached Sliced Beef in Hot Chili Oil is also their recommend dish. Visit this site for the whole menu: https://www.chinaredsheffield.com/menu
Address: 3 Rockingham Gate, Sheffield, S1 4JD
Twice Cooked Pork
Twice cooked pork is one of the representative Szechuan dishes. As its name suggests, pork belly slices are supposed to be fired twice to ensure the fragrant and tender taste of the meat. Along with the green pepper, this dish provided rich protein and vitamin C which are necessary for the health of our body. It also helps to increase appetite and digestion.
Twice Cooked Pork was invented as a result of peppers being introduced into the Chinese cuisine. It became a popular dish at the end of the Qing dynasty. If you would like to try the original Twice Cooked Pork dishes, you can find it at the ‘Chongqing Restaurant’ on Glossop Road, which is a restaurant specialized in Szechuan dishes.
Address: 290 Glossop Rd, Broomhall, Sheffield, S10 2HS
You may have probably already found out that most of the classic Szechuan cuisines are in spicy and strong flavours, which some Chinese believe has affected the personalities of the local people in the Szechuan area. One common stereotype of Szechuan locals is that most of them have a “bad” temper and rush to finish things. However, Szechuan people are always passionate and friendly, it is interesting to see how the dishes have shaped the people or the people have shaped the features of the dishes.
As mentioned, there are eight major cuisines in China, which covers 9.597 million km², this makes every dish unique and tasty. The restaurants listed in this article are all available for take away before they reopen for indoor dining on the 17 May. Available via the usual apps (UberEats/Deliveroo/HungryPanda) So open your favourite food delivery App now, to enjoy the passionate, authentic and fresh Szechuan dishes.