Beyond spicy: the little-known side of Sichuan cuisine
Many may remember the 1998 film Mulan, the tale of a young Chinese girl who pretends to be a man to take her ailing father’s place in the army. In a joint promotion for the original animated feature, McDonald’s released a condiment called SzeChuan sauce for a limited time. Hong Kong-born Kevin Pang, who was raised in the United States, remembers it well from his teenage days. “It tasted very much like American Chinese food, it was too sweet. The texture was very gloopy, very sticky, and I think it was a little bit too out there for an American audience. If you eat chicken nuggets, you have barbecue sauce, you have hot mustard, but you don’t have this vaguely Asian style sauce. It was a novel