I'm going to Chengdu with my husband and three young children and would like some restaurant recommendations for places that could accommodate us. We definitely want to taste some local cuisine!
Yang Yang is the place for sweet-and-sour pork. It just doesn't get any better.
Dong Hu Shou Xi is a traditional Sichuan restaurant, Dog Hu Shou Xi serves some of the best dishes in Chengdu. The wood ear mushrooms are fantastic. Ming Ting Fan Dian Restaurant is another good one. Right in the heart of Sichuan, you'd be hard pressed to find any Sichuan food better than this.
Nine Bowls is based on a Hakka tradition that includes food served from large banquet bowls: 3 cold, 3 hot, and 3 steamed, followed by a bowl of soup. It's a fun way to enjoy a great meal and get a hefty dose of culture.
Chef Yu's Family Kitchen is another one that does courses. Arrive hungry & with your game face on: because a meal here includes 64 courses. You heard me right.
For Tibetan food, Xizang Fengqing Wu, a Tibetan three-room restaurant is a local favorite. Try the Tibetan bread stuffed with pickled cabbage and barbecued pork.
Things can get a little weird in Chengdu, but I'm always game. I loved Mother Wang's Rabbit BBQ, a take-out rabbit joint, known for its dry roasting technique. Don't knock it 'til you try it.
My last two suggestion aren't exactly family-friendly, but I thought I'd throw it out there: Zi Fi offers a unique dining experience. Serving traditional Sichuan cuisine, each table has a private dining room with its own servers. No need to order, food will just come to the table. Make sure to make reservations to get a seat at this restaurant.
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