Updated：2008-06-03 15:39 | Source：
For overseas visitors who associate the Mongolian barbecue with Korean cuisine or the Swiss fondue, the spicy food from Szechuan may well evoke the tastes of its Thai, Indian and Malaysian counterparts.
Located in China's western mountainous region, Szechuan province was for centuries remote from mainstream Chinese culture, and quite naturally developed its own distinct cuisine. Although Szechuan cuisine uses chilli in much the same way as in other Asian recipes, the province boasts its very own peppercorn that adds a distinctive fiery taste and fragrance to many everyday dishes. With a wide choice of pungent condiments, such as ginger, garlic, onion chilli pepper and the Szechuan peppercorn, close at hand, a master chef can easily create dishes full of depth and flavour. In many Szechuan restaurants, menus will indicate the spiciness or heat of a dish by the number of chillies displayed next to the description of the meal.
Although the majority of Szechuan dishes have a "bite", smoked duck, a non-spicy signature dish, is classic recipe requiring painstaking preparation. The duck is first seasoned with orange peel, cinnamon, parsley and a mix of other spices and condiments. It is then marinated in rice wine, before being smoked over a charcoal fire, which is doused with tea leaves to develop a rich aroma and pleasant smoky taste.
Bamboo shoots and tofu are also common ingredients in Szechuan dishes, which are usually served with thick and flavourful sauces. Szechuan food is usually rich in colour, fragrance and taste, and rarely requires any additional sauces.
1. Chilli Fagara
Address: Shop E, G/F, 51A Graham Street, Central
Phone: +852 2893 3330
Fax: +852 2893 3320
Opening Hours: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; 5pm - 11:30pm
2. China Land Restaurant
Address: Shop 709-712, Level 7, Grand Century Place, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok
Phone: +852 2397 7829
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri : 11am - 11pm
Sat, Sun & PH : 9am - 11pm
Address: Shop 1, G/F, Kwai Tsing Theatre, 12 Hing Ning Road, Kwai Fong
Phone: +852 2615 1993
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat : 11am - 11:30pm
Sun & PH: 10am - 11:30pm
3. Tan Yu Tou
Address: 1/F-3/F, 129-135 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
Phone: +852 2893 9268
Opening Hours: Daily: 7am - 1am
Address: 5/F, One Grand Tower, 639 Nathan Road, Mong Kok
Phone: +852 2381 2000
Opening Hours: Daily 7am - 1am
Address: 2/F, 26 Kimberly Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Phone: +852 8120 0033
Opening Hours: Daily 10am - 1am
Editor : Qin