Chinese New Year: The Feast of Feasts | Eating With Locals in Sichuan!

Chinese New Year: The Feast of Feasts | Eating With Locals in Sichuan!
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Chinese New Year is the one time of the year when it is mandatory for family to get together, feast, and enjoy. Join me as I feast with a local family in Chengdu and enjoy all the foods and traditions that this time of year has to offer. Sichuan food at Chinese new year was mindblowing!

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We ate over 23 dishes, all of which were extremely delicious and addictive! As the year of the horse comes to an end, and the year of the sheep begins, hundreds of millions of Chinese travel home to spend the Lunar New Year holiday with their families in the world’s biggest annual migration. This is witnessed across China in busy train stations and bus terminals. I decided to stay in Chengdu for the new year, and to my happiness, the city emptied and the skies turned blue.

I was invited to eat a feast with some Chengdu locals and couldn’t be happier! This was a perfect time to experience the true Chinese New Year tradition. We ate over 23 dishes, most of which had Szechuan flavours infused, spicy, numbing, oily, and so satisfying. The family that invited me was so friendly and inviting, this experience couldn’t be better.

After feasting and filling ourselves to the point of barely being able to walk (well maybe that was just me), we went back to their home and watched the Chinese New Years Eve Gala on CCTV1, waiting for midnight to strike. At midnight, we went outside and witnessed hundreds of people lighting fireworks and firecrackers. We had to take part too!

All in all, this Chinese New Year experience was amazing beyond belief, mostly because of the amount of food that we ate, and the chance to eat with locals in Chengdu was just too good.

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My name is Trevor James and I’m a hungry traveler and Mandarin learner that’s currently living in Chengdu, Szechuan, China, eating up as much delicious food as I can.

I enjoy tasting and documenting as many dishes as I can and I’m going to make videos for YOU along the way! Over the next few years, I’m going to travel around the world and document as much food as I can for you!

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  1. I love your videos, but why does everything have to be so fast? We barely get a view of the food & what it's called before the camera goes to the next dish.

  2. Trevor I've got to tell you that I've now seen everyone of your fantastic videos as of 03/21/16 keep them coming brother and thanks

  3. OMgosh !!! 😮 trevor you had a FEAST!!! 😀 and that family is soo AWESOME people ! IM GOING TO GO ALL I CAN EAT CHINESE TOMORROW ! >.< … all because of YOU !!! ahahahahah TY trevor ! :p

  4. Great videos – so happy found your channel because I miss china (I live there for a year) Did you try Xaibu Xaibu?

  5. someone told me one time that was improper etiquette to eat directly off community dishes, at a meal setting like that was I told wrong? or is it a family style vs public group setting thing?

  6. never seem anyone so passionate about good food as much as you…you looked ecstatic…good for you. Hope someone will invite you this coming chinese new year in 2 month time

  7. i can't help noticing your inconsistent spelling, you put Szechuan in the tile and then Sichuan in the description box haha. 
    and Sichuan is the more proper spelling in Mandarin right? 

  8. Such awesome-looking food! May I ask you, though, have you seen any animals like leopards (black and/or spotted), pandas, monkeys or tigers in Sichuan? If not, do you know if they are found there? Just curious. 🙂 

  9. Trevor James! I so envy you. Was that the eve of Chinese New Year family reunion dinner? BTW, those were the smallest baozi I have ever seen but I bet they packed a serious punch of flavors 😛

  10. Hey, I just like to say that one of the reasons why I subscribed to you is because not only do you show appreciation for every single food out there and making it look delicious, but you freakin' LOVE SPICY FOOD! Something that no other food enthusiast or host ever does and also something I can finally relate to. Thank you so much and keep these videos going!

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