Be prepared to sweat for your food at Sichuan eatery Chengdu

Chengdu restaurant's spicy beef with beancurd.
Chengdu restaurant's spicy beef with beancurd.PHOTOS: CHENGDU RESTAURANT

(THE BUSINESS TIMES) - Grease is the word at Chengdu - a one-stop culinary tour of China's Sichuan province that is part illuminating and part delicious torture.

A certain masochism is required to enjoy the cuisine of a region where food is not cooked with oil but in oil, and where a hot pepper-eating contest would be like challenging a group of children to an ice-cream match. But as anyone who steps into this new eatery in Amoy Street soon realises, you need to check your dignity at the door and prepare for a full-blown sweatfest.

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