Ok, we admit we're a little obsessed with mala, both the flavors and the characters. 麻, or "má," refers to the numbing of Sichuan pepper and 辣, or "là," to the burn of chili peppers. So 麻辣 represents the tingle and thrill of Sichuan cuisine. This apron comes in black or steel gray with striking, royal-red embroidery (the photo hardly does it justice). It is a nice, heavyweight 100 percent cotton, substantial but soft and flexible. Roughly knee-length, with an adjustable metal-ring neck strap, it fits most men, women and teens. It has a large, divided front pocket and long ties.
Producer: Made in India; embroidered in Nashville
Material: 100 percent cotton
Size: 27 inches wide by 34 inches long