This Complete Sichuan Pantry Collection is designed to stock your shelves with every specialty ingredient needed to cook classic Sichuan food. It also includes a full set of nine well-tested, beautifully printed recipe cards for the most-loved dishes of Chengdu and Chongqing.
The core of the collection is the ingredients for creating ma and la, the defining tastes of Sichuan food. 'Ma' refers to the tingly, citrusy taste of Sichuan peppercorn. Our premium Big Red Pao Sichuan peppercorns were shipped direct from Sichuan after the fall 2018 harvest and are incomparably fresh, fragrant and potent.
'La' refers to the heat of chili pepper, and this kit includes the popular facing-heaven whole dried chilies as well as fragrant-hot chili flakes, a mix of three kinds of toasted and ground chilies that is ideal for making chili oil.
The soul of Sichuan cuisine is doubanjiang, or chili bean paste, made in Pixian County, and this kit includes two packages. It also includes Sichuan's other two umami powerhouses: fermented black soybeans (douchi) and fermented sweet wheat paste.
Rounding out the collection are naturally brewed superior soy sauce, Zhenjiang black rice vinegar, Chinese toasted sesame paste and suimiyacai, a fermented mustard pickle used in many dishes.
The only other Chinese pantry items you'll need to cook all recipes included with the kit are Shaoxing wine (or golden sherry) and toasted sesame oil (available at any grocery store).
This collection includes nine Mala Market recipe cards: Sichuan chili oil, mapo doufu, gong bao (kung pao) chicken, dry-fried green beans, dan dan noodles, Chongqing chicken (la zi ji), twice-cooked pork, eggplant in garlic sauce (yu xiang eggplant) and water-boiled fish (shui zhu yu). You'll find many more dishes using these ingredients on our recipe blog, including mala hot pot and dry pot (mala xiang guo).
Premium option. Upgrade this collection with two substitutions: handmade Pixian chili bean paste aged for 3 years (17.6 ounces) and Zhenjiang vinegar aged for 6 years (19.6 ounces).
Note: We have come to the end of our supply of sweet wheat paste made in Sichuan and are substituting a very similar product made in Shandong. We are also substituting the Pearl River Bridge soy sauce with another naturally fermented, no-additives soy sauce by Shinho.
See individual products on this site for more description of each one, including provenance and ingredients.
If this is a gift, know that we do not include a packing list or any pricing info. The collection is packaged with festive red crinkle paper and a beautifully printed product storage and usage card