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  • It’s Trevor James

  • And today I’m in Leshan, deep Sichuan

  • Were going for a full on Chinese street food experience

  • I came here to eat

  • And I’m hungry

  • This is Leshan

  • Deep in Sichuan

  • It’s a street food mecca

  • It’s packed with unique specialties

  • That you can’t find in other parts of China

  • I came here to eat it all

  • And enjoyed 8 unique Chinese street foods in this video

  • Starting out bright and early

  • I went to try a Chinese street breakfast

  • With a steamed beef pocket

  • The fenzhengrou is a steamed spicy beef

  • It’s found all throughout Sichuan

  • But here in Leshan they make it into a breakfast pocket

  • It’s first steamed with chilies and rice powder

  • And then they add a little pickled radish

  • And some sliced potato

  • Oh and some Sichuan pepper

  • Look at that, that’s raw ground Sichuan peppercorn

  • That’s going to be a great morning

  • Oh it’s like a little pocket of glee

  • She’s just going to plop it in there

  • That is pickled radish and

  • It’s stuffed in a Chinese mo bread

  • This is a Chinese Leshan breakfast sandwich

  • I was not expecting that

  • The bread is so soft

  • And the fenzhengrou is really soft too

  • There is that steamed rice meal on it

  • Which has a nice super soft mouthfeel

  • Spicy, it’s a little sweet

  • That’s what is unique about this one

  • I’ve never tried a fenzheng niurou like that before

  • And next up, I went to try another specialty Chinese street food found in Leshan

  • The hongtangbing

  • It’s a dark brown sugar pastry

  • Quickly crisped

  • And then baked in a coal oven on the stressed

  • That looks really good

  • Careful

  • Look at that fresh coal oven

  • Look at that hot coal oven

  • Oh, put it right in there

  • You can smell that

  • This is exciting

  • Come to Leshan for food and you won’t be disappointed

  • Oh that gooey brown sugar

  • Oh wow

  • Look at that, look on the inside

  • It’s all brown sugar

  • Oh it’s like a pocket of gooey brown sugar

  • I gotta go in

  • I gotta go right for the kill

  • Oh you can taste that thick, super sweet brown sugar

  • And this bread is really soft

  • It’s like super soft, almost delicate like bread

  • With that smoky aroma from the coal

  • It’s dripping

  • It’s oozing with ultra sweet sticky brown sugar

  • And now were getting to the good stuff

  • Next up is Leshan’s specialty own hand made steamed dumplings

  • The shaomai, you can find shaomai in Cantonese cuisine too

  • But here in Sichuan, the specialty is in the way they are wrapped

  • Being pinched rather loosely

  • So they almost look like a flower

  • Pork and onions!

  • So we got it all here

  • Look at these beauties

  • This is special shaomai from Leshan

  • I had no idea you could come all the way to Sichuan to get Shaomai

  • Just like in Hong Kong, but these have to be much different

  • You have chili oil here

  • They also give you pure MSG if you want

  • To add to your chili oil, and salt

  • But I know already I don’t need those

  • I like the pure flavour

  • So were just going to dip that Shaomai

  • It’s not beautiful, but that’s what’s beautiful about it

  • The skin on here, it’s almost papery

  • So it has a really unique texture

  • It’s kind of papery here, and soft here

  • What’s really nice about this is the hongyou, the chili oil

  • It tastes like homemade, smokey, and very xiang

  • As they say in Chinese

  • That’s what it’s all about

  • This homemade hongyou chili oil

  • It’s fresh with packed chili flavour

  • Smoky and delicious

  • In these nice, juicy, plump, papery shaomao

  • A little later I passed by a shop serving blade sheared noodles right there on the street side

  • And I couldn’t resist but to stop for a bowl of their beef noodle soup with bamboo shoots

  • That red braised sauce is so spicy and flavourful

  • To die for

  • We have some classic daoxiao mian here

  • Blade sheared noodles

  • Right on the streetside in Leshan

  • Honestly the street food scene here is off the hook

  • That is what it’s all about

  • Look at these beef blade sheared noodles

  • Let’s try that

  • That is -

  • That is spectacular

  • Take me to the next level noodles right here

  • Look at how thick that hongshao sauce is

  • It’s oily as well

  • So it sticks on to the noodles

  • And you get a mouth

  • You get a mouthful of flavour that just coats every tastebud you have

  • And after that came a spicy lunch feast of Boboji

  • The special skewered cooked veg and chicken innards and organs

  • They are soaked in a cold spiced oily soup

  • With 2 special variations

  • One is a clear peppercorn broth

  • That is spicy and numbing

  • And the other is infused with thousands of chilies

  • So it’s spicy and fragrant

  • You just take what you want

  • And don’t use chopsticks

  • And then they pass it on to the next customer

  • So it’s all the chicken innards

  • Chicken pieces

  • Chicken feet

  • Kidneys

  • Organs

  • Wings

  • Everything

  • And then there is a few vegetables here as well

  • And I have a couple cute kids watching me here

  • That is colourful

  • It’s like christmas

  • They have red and green fresh chilies

  • In an ultra numbing

  • Tengjiao oil

  • Which is raw sichuan peppercorn oil

  • Like green, right from the stalk

  • And full of veg

  • This is what it’s all about

  • You gotta dip it in the numbing and cold and refreshing oil

  • In Chinese they say Xiang which means fragrant

  • But it really means that the flavour is bursting

  • And infused into everything

  • So your mouth just comes alive with every bite

  • And that is what this is right here

  • It’s more than fragrant

  • It’s xiang

  • And after exploring around the back alleys of Leshan

  • I found a deep and dark stall

  • Serving Leshan special sweet skinned duck

  • A super succulent and flavourful duck

  • That’s boiled in oil and covered in rock sugar water

  • Were going to have a special tianpiya, sweet skinned duck

  • Look at this

  • Look at that

  • That’s what it’s all about

  • The sweet skinned duck in Leshan

  • That is really good

  • That is ultra superior sweet skinned duck here

  • And then for a pre dinner snack

  • I came to try the famous Leshan tofu brain AKA doufunao

  • It’s made with silken tofu, chili oil, preserved vegetables, peanuts, garlic and cilantro

  • You can order it with steamed spicy beef as well

  • So this is the Leshan doufunao, tofu brain

  • They take a douhua which is like silken tofu

  • They load it up with chilies and oil and spice

  • And this is fenzhengrou

  • This is what I had in that breakfast sandwich this morning

  • Oh look at that, it looks spicy and crunchy

  • And then they add hongshufen in there

  • Which is sweet potato starch noodles

  • So it’s a real mixture of textures and flavour in one bite

  • That’s pretty salty

  • That’s really salty