Mapo tofu is a classic Sichuan dish. It's soft tofu cubes, swimming in a wonderful sauce of garlic-infused chili and ground pork. The secret ingredient is the Sichuan peppercorn -- a spice that will numb your tongue and produce a citrusy after-taste.
Xinjiang is an autonomous region in China and is the home of multiple ethnic groups, including the Uyghurs and Mongols. There's a significant Muslim population, so restaurateurs tend to abide to halal standards, omitting pork from their menus.
Because of its proximity to the Yangtze River, Shanghainese cuisine takes advantage of freshwater fish and crustaceans. Steamed carp, juicy pork buns, braised pork, deep-fried fish and rice cakes are all common dishes.
Gastropubs are nothing new to the growing downtown Los Angeles nightlife scene, but rarely do you stumble across one that's Asian-themed, or even more rare, specifically Chinese. Peking Tavern is doing just that.
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