kung pao chicken

41. China Part 2: Sichuan: Kung Pao Chicken

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Sichuan is a province in the West of China, known for its spicy kitchen (chili heaven!), fertile land and off course giant panda’s. The landscape is very diverse, with Qinghai-Tibetan plateau in the West, Sichuan Basin in the middle (basically farm land), and Hilly Region in the East. Large mountains with turbulent rivers and deep valley’s crossing through.

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Things you didn’t know about Sichuan

  • It is also known as land of abundance since ancient times.
  • The population is 90 million, which makes it the fourth most populated province in China. (90 million!!! That is like quadruple the people who¬†live in the Netherlands, and that in 1 province!!!)
  • Have I mentioned the GIGANTIC SIZE of the province you can compare it to 12x Switzerland!
  • Wildlife to be found in Sichuan: Giant Panda’s, Sichuan Golden Monkey’s, Takin (I never heard of a Takin I actually had to google it!)

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I love spicy food, the Sichuan pepper I only discovered a few year ago. It has a really distinctive taste, it sort of numbs your tongue or something it is really hard to explain. I think it tastes great though. Seriously go easy on the salt in this recipe!

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