Zhacai is the tuber of a Chinese mustard green preserved in a chili pepper spice mix. Long known in the West as "Sichuan preserved vegetable," it traditionally came in a can as a whole, knotty tuber that had to be rinsed and was made in Taiwan. The version made nowadays in Sichuan often comes pre-sliced and ready to go as a condiment for congee or Sichuan noodle soups. It should not be confused with Sichuan yacai, which is made and tastes completely different. This zhacai is a slightly tart and only mildly spicy pickle. The packaging here mistranslates it as "radish" in English. Once open, transfer to an air-tight container and store in refrigerator.
Producer: Chuan Ba Wang (Spicy King), Sichuan
Size: 3 foil packets, each 100 grams (3.5 ounces)
Ingredients: mustard, salt, monosodium glutamate, chili, soy bean oil, spices, citric acid, acesulfame-k