Yibin Suimiyacai (Preserved Mustard Stem)
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 (though they may try to fool you with copycat packaging). This is the real deal. Go here to learn more about how Yibin Suimiyacai 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