Yibin Suimiyacai (Preserved Mustard Stem)
Limited supply: Two packages max per customer, please
Yibin Suimiyacai, or yacai for short, 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. Yibin is the Sichuan city where it is made, and "suimi," or broken rice, means it has been minced rather than left as long stems.
Yacai 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. The Suimiyacai brand from the company of the same name 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
PLEASE NOTE that this company prints the PRODUCTION DATE on the packaging, along with the shelf l life, NOT the expiration date.
Also note that current packaging by this company is slightly different design and colors than shown but is the exact same product.