Hailing from a multicultural background, Lucas Jubb spent half his childhood in Cuba and half in the US. The experience showed him the connection between cuisine and culture. Now, he enjoys traveling with his taste buds in mind and recommends the flavors of Chongqing, China as a delicious destination!
After pinching those vacation days, it’s finally time for the main event: a much deserved get away! Growing up with a multicultural background, Lucas Jubb learned early on that there’s a connection between cuisine and culture that can’t be ignored. Because of this, he always aims to taste the area he’s visiting, as best as he can. He accomplishes this by trying out the locals’ favorite flavors and spots and dabbling in the wackiest dishes he can find! At the very least, his mouth learns a new flavor and he winds up having quite a story to tell!
When visiting a new area, he recommends that you try at least two dishes specifically: the most popular and the most peculiar. One city that has it all is Chongqing, located in southwest China.
In Chongqing — also known as CQ, for short — the scent of spices and seasoning filters through the city streets. It’s something adored by tourists and locals alike. If you favor the hot and spicy — then you’re in luck! CQ has plenty of that to spare. It’s a reflection of the people of the city, Lynn Yu explains of fellow Chongqing locals. They’re firebrand and come with a kick, so it’s no surprise that the plates of the city would be the same!
One of the most interesting ingredients sizzling in a hotpot served at a Chongqing restaurant is echang. If you don’t have your Mandarin to English pocket dictionary on hand, “echang” translates to “goose intestines.” The unique texture of this bizarre ingredient makes for a fascinating dish. And when in Chongqing, why not? The best way to experience an area is to try not only the comfortable touristy tastes and spots, but to also dive straight into the wonderfully weird. Goose intestines certainly fit that bill!
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