chengdu chisine - maocai
NARRATOR: Chengdu is home to numerous local snacks, including hot and sour rice noodle, sweet rice buns, and fermented glutinous rice. The food the locals have most frequently is “maocai (small-portion and light hotpot)”.
Reporter: Sir, would like like chill? As you see, I’m now in a maocai restaurant. Look at what I wear. I’m just experience making maocai. Making maocai is actually not difficult. We just need to put these foodstuffs in a small basket. Then boil them in the soup till they’re done. Chengdu locals refers to that process as “mao”. That’s how maocai is named. It seems people here really enjoyed their food. As the food smells savory and spicy, I really can’t help myself and I’m about to drool. I’ll order it myself as well later.
Reporter: After the busy work for so long, finally I get to have my maocai. Look at those office workers behind me. They also come here, ordering a bowl of maocai and a bowl of rice for a simple lunch. The point is it’s not expensive, costing an average of 10-odd yuan per person. Look, the maocai is abundant in various foodstuffs, including tripe, eggs, meat and vegetables, including fungus and others. Let me have taste of it right now.
Reporter: I'll pick this one! It not only smells good, but tastes even better.Let me tell you, it's spicy and numbing like Sichuan cuisine. But it's not so spicy and numbing like hotpot.Though it looks very greasy, it doesn't taste greasy at all.I can even taste the slight sweet in it.I'll stop talking and continue to have it.