The Mala Market is America's source for premium Sichuan ingredients
At harvest time each year, we import several varieties of top-grade Sichuan pepper and Chinese chili peppers, and we are the exclusive importers of Sichuan's most esteemed brands of Pixian chile bean paste and handmade soy sauce
Direct sourcing from renowned Chinese factories and farms ensures authenticity, safety and freshness
Ma (the numbing of Sichuan pepper) + la (the heat of chili pepper) = mala (the defining taste of Sichuan food)
Check out our Sichuan Recipe Blog for inspiration and instruction on using the ingredients
Finally, America has a premium, naturally brewed Chinese soy sauce with no additives or preservatives. Sichuan's famed Zhongba Soy Sauce has been made continuously by one family since 1828 and is...
Note: Orders for this product placed today will ship on or before Wednesday. Finally, America has a premium, naturally brewed Chinese soy sauce with no additives or preservatives! Sichuan's famed...
The Mala Market's Pure Chinese Sesame Paste is made from single-origin Chinese sesame seeds, stone-ground without chemicals or heat and with no additives or preservatives. Its pristine supply chain and...
Mala Market Exclusive This fragrant and numbing Sichuan pepper oil is made from teng jiao, which is a species of green Sichuan pepper that is translated in English as vine...
It's no exaggeration to say that this 3-year-old Pixian chile bean paste is the pinnacle of traditional Sichuan food production. Made entirely by hand—as it has been since 1688—this Yi...
Mala Market Exclusive Pixian chile bean paste, or doubanjiang, is often called the soul of Sichuan cooking, as it is the deeply flavorful base of so many classic Sichuan dishes....
Premium red Sichuan pepper (formerly Szechuan pepper) should have a strong citrusy fragrance and taste as well as an intense numbing quality. Ours is particularly potent, as it has not...
The er jing tiao is Sichuan's most-loved chili. It is used both fresh and dried, in both its green and red forms, in everything from stir-fries to braises to chili oil....
Chinese 5 Spice is beloved across China and is used mainly in braises and stews but also as a rub or marinade for roasted meats. There are numerous versions, some using...
Shipping: Please note that this item must be ordered separately from all other Mala Market items as its own order due to different shipping procedures. To insure Christmas delivery, please...
If you are a fan of Sichuan cuisine, then you know the importance of mala to authentic taste. This Super Mala Collection includes an expanded selection of ingredients for creating...
This Complete Sichuan Pantry Collection is designed to stock your shelves with a premium version of every specialty ingredient needed to cook classic Sichuan food. It includes products exclusive to The Mala...
I just received my spice order. My wife works in China. The last time she came home, she brought me some HanYuan peppercorns. They were the best I've ever had...until now. I always test peppercorns the same way; put one bud in my mouth, chew on it a few times, then remove it. It's been about 10 minutes now, and my lips and tongue are still tingling.
For the best of the best, however, go online. Holliday sells peppercorns at themalamarket.com, and they’re absurdly fragrant. Even inside a ziplock bag, they will announce their presence every time you open your cupboard.
Matthew Amster-Burton for The Village Voice
This looks wonderful. I live in the inner NY suburbs and frequently visit Flushing, Queens Chinatown, but still can’t find half of your offerings.
Poor-quality Sichuan peppercorns are bitter, lack that characteristic numbing ability, and just don't have the same intensity as the good stuff. But "it's very easy to tell if they're high-quality," says Wu. "They have super-brilliant colors, the aroma is complex and citrusy, and they totally have that dank-weed smell." Wu and Young get theirs at The Mala Market.
Chef Jonathan Wu (NYC's Fung Tu) and cookbook author Grace Young in Serious Eats
I’m very happy for all the Sichuan food lovers around the country who now have a trusted source for authentic Sichuan ingredients! Thank you for the great blog and the new shop!
Everything arrived beautifully (and lovingly) packed. Tried your black bean chicken recipe and it was beautiful. You've made this new customer very happy.
The Mala Market offers crazy good Sichuan peppercorns, which are complex, intense, and citrusy—as opposed to the bunk ones, which are bitter, not as aromatic, and lacking that crucial mouth-numbing quality.
Mari Uyehara for Bon Appetit
I used a good handful of bullet chiles in gong bao chicken last night. I'm used to dried red chiles providing heat and flavor, but these also filled the room with a wonderful chile aroma. The freshness really makes a difference.
The three-year-aged [chili bean paste] available today is made the traditional way. Fermented and aged in earthenware crocks stirred daily by hand, the jammy paste develops layers of earthy, savory flavor and slow-burning heat. Imported exclusively by the Mala Market, it’s as close as you can get to journeying through time by the spoonful.
Gabriella Gershenson for The Wall Street Journal
The Mala Project is one of 6 finalists for best new voice in our 2015 SAVEUR Blog Awards
My husband and I lived in China for four years and are Sichuan addicts. I am so glad to see you are starting the online shop as it’s not always easy to find ingredients, even in New York City. Thank you so much for your amazing work!
The green Sichuan peppercorns had an energetic effect on me in that — seriously — I felt the energy typically congested in my head flow throw the energy gates in my hard and soft palates into my throat and beyond. You have some magic going on here.
by Taylor Holliday November 26, 2019
by Taylor Holliday November 17, 2019
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