Lantern Chili (Deng Long Jiao, 灯笼椒)
Deng long jiao, or lantern chilies, are fat and round and moderately hot. These were harvested in fall 2018 and are deep-red, fresh, fragrant and soft. They are used to bring a visual wow to dishes such as dry pot and Chongqing chicken (la zi ji). As with all dried chilies, the heat is controllable: Leave chilies whole for less heat, cut them in half and include some seeds in your dish for maximum heat.
Most chili peppers sold and eaten in Sichuan in recent times come from neighboring Guizhou Province, which is warmer and less industrialized/polluted. These chilies go direct from farmer to our supplier in Chengdu for processing and meet strict U.S. safety standards. We at The Mala Market hand-package them weekly.
Source: Guizhou Province
Size: 4 ounces (115 grams); 4 1/2 cups by volume