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Fah Thai Magazine March/April 2018 - Infight Magazine of Bangkok Airways

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CHENGDU<br />

Right, Clockwise<br />

Always centrestage<br />

are red chillies on a<br />

s<strong>of</strong>t t<strong>of</strong>u snack.<br />

Fresh straw<br />

mushroom buds in<br />

a typical Sichuan<br />

stir fry.<br />

Chengdu has an<br />

exhaustive list <strong>of</strong><br />

noodles to try.<br />

Bottom Left<br />

Everyday<br />

Sichuan spices at<br />

a local shop.<br />

just like the colourful ones worn<br />

at a Swedish midsummer festival.<br />

Whether it was just a touristy<br />

gimmick or not, everyone looked as<br />

picturesque as the rest <strong>of</strong> the town.<br />

For lunch, we decided on a<br />

homey restaurant by the river. The<br />

menu consisted <strong>of</strong> baskets <strong>of</strong> no<br />

less than 30 varieties <strong>of</strong> seasonal<br />

vegetables. We sat by the river<br />

blissfully watching a fisherman<br />

working his catch. We learned<br />

it was river eel which were on<br />

display, live, in metal basins in<br />

front <strong>of</strong> the restaurant. Naturally,<br />

we ordered some, despite objections<br />

by one member <strong>of</strong> the group who was<br />

a devout Buddhist. The simple<br />

kitchen had several types <strong>of</strong><br />

doubanjiang or douban set out. This<br />

spicy and salty bean paste worked<br />

as the essence in most dishes in<br />

Chengdu. When the dishes arrived,<br />

it was a feast <strong>of</strong> colours and tastes<br />

- all from only vegetables and some<br />

simple seasonings. The depth <strong>of</strong><br />

flavour and the umami imparted<br />

by Chengdu culinary magic made<br />

every dish stand out, all done in the<br />

flaming heat <strong>of</strong> a wok.<br />

On to beautiful and misty Mount<br />

Emei, one <strong>of</strong> the four most sacred<br />

The depth <strong>of</strong> flavour and the<br />

umami imparted by Chengdu<br />

culinary magic made every dish<br />

stand out, all done in<br />

the flaming heat <strong>of</strong> a wok.<br />

Buddhist mountains in China.<br />

Stunning lush trees and waterfalls<br />

bring to mind the ink brush paintings<br />

done by scholars from centuries past.<br />

We stopped to indulge in a local<br />

habit <strong>of</strong> just hanging at the nearby<br />

teahouse, enjoying the taste <strong>of</strong> fresh<br />

mountain air and the scent <strong>of</strong> bamboo<br />

groves in a batch <strong>of</strong> young tea leaves.<br />

The leaves were also visually appealing<br />

as they remained suspended upright<br />

in the tea, looking like the bamboo<br />

leaves that surrounded us. The clicking<br />

sound <strong>of</strong> pumpkin seeds set the<br />

tone for a day in the life <strong>of</strong> Chengdu.<br />

Relaxing, spiritual, and gustatory.<br />

A side trip to the Leshan<br />

Giant Buddha can be included<br />

together with Mount Emei on a<br />

single trip. The Buddha is carved<br />

from a gigantic hill in terracotta<br />

colour at the confluence <strong>of</strong><br />

three important Sichuan rivers.<br />

At 71 metres high with fingers<br />

measuring 8 metres long, the<br />

Buddha has shoulders larger than<br />

a basketball court where dozens<br />

<strong>of</strong> people can stand on.<br />

On the way there, we purchased<br />

some fresh picked bamboo shoots<br />

from an old woman laden with a<br />

basket full. Not quite knowing what<br />

to do after we bought them on a<br />

whim, we entrusted our acquisition<br />

to the cooks at the restaurant we<br />

selected for lunch. Simply stir-fried<br />

with salt and garlic, this variety<br />

had a slightly bitter bite to it, with<br />

the fresh fragrance <strong>of</strong> mountain<br />

flowers. Then we had our first taste<br />

<strong>of</strong> the famous Chengdu fish stew<br />

called Sichuan Oil-Boiled Fish or<br />

Shui Zhu Yu. Slices <strong>of</strong> delicate, flaky<br />

fish lies beneath a slick, intense<br />

bed <strong>of</strong> red chillies, Sichuan pepper,<br />

and boiling oil – this imparts that<br />

numbing sensation people refer to<br />

with Sichuan cuisine. This lightlypoached<br />

local fish is served with<br />

green vegetables and potato starch<br />

noodles, placed in a large bowl<br />

covered generously in a layer <strong>of</strong><br />

chillies, ginger, green onion, garlic<br />

slices and cilantro.<br />

The Chengdu culinary scene<br />

is so vast in its <strong>of</strong>ferings that we<br />

almost forgot to try the classic<br />

mapo t<strong>of</strong>u. This concoction <strong>of</strong> s<strong>of</strong>t<br />

bean curd with douban is redder,<br />

and has the fires <strong>of</strong> hell sitting on<br />

your tongue. There’s an exhaustive<br />

list <strong>of</strong> noodles, like sweet water<br />

noodles served in a snack-size<br />

bowl with vinegar, classic dan dan<br />

noodles, and zajiang mian, a thicker<br />

wheat variety with soybean paste<br />

and dozens <strong>of</strong> other variations.<br />

The list goes on. The only thing we<br />

didn’t get to try was the hot pot and<br />

chuan chuan, Chengdu’s version <strong>of</strong><br />

a hot pot, with <strong>of</strong> skewered meats<br />

and vegetables that’s conveniently<br />

cooked. But like most people, we’ll<br />

return because we can’t get enough.<br />

A CHINESE GUIDE TO THAILAND<br />

Tai Guo Zhi Nan or <strong>Thai</strong>land Guide is a<br />

custom-made guidebook designed for Chinese<br />

visitors to <strong>Thai</strong>land. Packed with insights and<br />

recommendations, the guidebook is a colourful<br />

presentation <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>land focusing on <strong>Bangkok</strong>,<br />

Samui and Phuket.<br />

Tai Guo Zhi Nan is curated and edited by some<br />

<strong>of</strong> the most experienced and talented native<br />

speakers and multi-award magazine designers.<br />

The image-driven contents open with an overview<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>land followed by events and festivals,<br />

recommendations to the best places to<br />

Eat, Shop & Play and close with tips tailored for<br />

Chinese visitors. The guidebook is divided into<br />

distinct sections highlighted by bright bold colours<br />

and section openers.<br />

Distributed by <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong> at airports and<br />

travel agents in China, the guidebook is also<br />

available at select hotels and resorts in <strong>Bangkok</strong>,<br />

Samui and Phuket and at <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong><br />

lounges. The Guidebook also comes in a digital<br />

format via its website taiguoguidebook.com or<br />

scan the QR code on the cover.<br />

Published by MPMI Group Co., Ltd.<br />

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