Hot chili peppers will warm up a Chinese dinner.By Carolyn Phillips
In China's heartland, in the province known as Sichuan, each mouthful of food is a bite of history. The iconic flavors of this region - the searing chilies, numbing Sichuan peppercorns and aromatic garlic of its home-style foods, as well as its refined and rich banquet dishes - are regarded by China's gastronomes as signatures of one of the country's greatest cuisines.
Fiery chili peppers have come to embody Sichuan's cuisine. Sichuan peppercorns and garlic have long held sway in many of China's regional dishes, but peppers are the upstarts that thoroughly overhauled Sichuan's cuisine.
Chili peppers originated in the Americas. It was most likely not long after that dictionary was written that the peppers blazed their way into China's heartland either via Portuguese merchant ships or through trade routes from India and Southeast Asia. Only then did central Chinese dishes come to beRead More »from Warm Up with Classic Hot Sichuan Wontons