As a branch of the world-famous Sichuan cuisine, Chongqing dishes are popular across China. Chongqing locals are known as being big eaters, so you’re guaranteed to find a great selection of restaurants wherever you are in the city. Spice lovers will love Chongqing, but don’t worry if you can’t handle it – you can always ask for less spicy! Below we’ve listed some of the top local dishes you need to try.
Chongqing Xiao Mian: This numbingly spicy noodle dish is hugely popular, and it’s not hard to see why. The concept is simple; thin noodles are boiled in a deep red-coloured soup (that’s just as hot as it looks), along with peanuts and seasoning to give the dish an extra flavour – if you can get past the spice.
Hot Pot: A classic Chinese dish, different style hot pot dishes feature on menus across the country. In true Sichuan style, Chongqing hot pot is extremely hot, containing both red chilis and Sichuan peppercorns. Simply choose your vegetables and meat and get cooking!
MaPo DoFu: Vegetarians need not worry about missing out on delicious local cuisine with this signature local dish. Chunks of tofu are cooked in a hot sauce along with various vegetables to form this signature dish that’s loved by many across China.
Chongqing Saliva Chicken: It might not sound it, but Chongqing Saliva Chicken is a deliciously refreshing dish. Served cold as a kind of appetizer, the dish is made from sliced chicken and a spicy broth – well worth a try if you can get past the name!
As a true modern metropolis, Chongqing’s entertainment scene and nightlife won’t disappoint. Home to numerous bars and clubs, as well as vibrant local restaurants and river tours, the city has something to offer everyone. If you’re looking to relax and unwind after a day at work, Nan Bin road is the place to go; bars, restaurants and clubs line the street, giving you plenty of choice. Hongya Cave comes alive at night, and a trip here at night offers spectacular views over the river and the city skyline. Besides typical nightlife, Chongqing is also home to shopping centres, cinemas and parks that offer a great escape from the hustle and bustle.