Chairs, Tian Yuan Yin Xiang, Chengdu

Tian Yuan Yin Xiang, Chengdu, lunch

Menu from a lunch at the Hua Yang branch of the rural themed Tian Yuan Yin Xiang (Farmland Impression – 田园印象) in Chengdu, Sichuan:

Steamed pan bread

Spicy jelly noodles

Lotus leaf steamed beef

Pumpkin soup

Sweet corn bread

Old tofu

Twice cooked pork

Rabbit with giant spring onions

Enoki mushroom soup

Tian Yuan Yin Xiang, another themed restaurant, is based on the style of food that’s typical on rural farms. The basis is that the ingredients a natural and unadulterated and the cooking is not very sophisticated.

But the food, though simple, is perfectly delicious. And if anything, they’re made deliberately rustic.

Qin Xie

Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef.

When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN.

Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014.

According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.


  1. Qin Xie, your pics are amazing! I love how they bring out the cultural aspect as all as the food. Remember to add it to your Besty link at:

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