Yibin Suimiyacai (Preserved Mustard Stem)

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Note: This product comes in three sizes, and we stock whichever has the best expiration date at the time. That is currently the version that comes in a large foil bag of 230 grams (as opposed to the three small bags that are pictured here). 

Yibin Suimiyacai is one of the most elusive of Sichuan specialty ingredients in the U.S. but also one of the most useful. Made from the stem of a kind of mustard plant that grows in Sichuan, it is dried, flavored and fermented in a multistep process that ends in a one-of-a-kind taste—not salty, sweet or spicy, just savory veggie essence. It is a must-have ingredient for dry-fried green beans, dan dan noodles and several other dishes and is lovely mixed into stir-fried vegetables. Suimiyacai is the original, and its imitators are decidedly inferior. This is the real deal. Go here to learn more about how Yibin yacai is made. Once open, transfer to an air-tight container and store in refrigerator. 

Producer: Sichuan Yibin Suimi Yacai Co., Yibin County
Ingredients: mustard greens, salt, brown sugar, compound spices (chili, ginger, Sichuan pepper, Chinese cinnamon, fennel, clove, Chinese nutmeg, garlic), potassium sorbate, acesulfame-k