Starter Mala Collection

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If you are new to Sichuan cooking (or looking for a gift for someone who is), and are not sure where to start, then this is the kit for you, providing both the heart and soul of Sichuan cuisine. Combine this Starter Mala Collection with basic Chinese pantry items, and you can make dozens of authentic dishes. 

The collection includes the most-used ingredients for creating ma and la, the defining tastes of Sichuan food. 'Ma' refers to the tingly, citrusy taste of Sichuan pepper, and our premium red Sichuan peppercorn, shipped from Chengdu after the fall 2017 harvest, is fresh, fragrant and potent.

'La' refers to the heat of chili pepper, and this kit includes two must-have forms: dried whole facing-heaven chilies to be used in stir-fries and Sichuan fragrant-hot ground chilies to be used in making chili oil, an essential ingredient in cold dishes and sauces.

The soul of Sichuan cuisine is doubanjiang, or chili bean paste, made in Pixian County. This kit includes a large package from the oldest and most esteemed maker. 

This collection also includes three Mala Market recipe cards to get you started.

Collection includes:

  • Premium red Sichuan peppercorn, 2 ounces/1 cup
  • Facing heaven dried chilies, 4 ounces/4 1/2 cups 
  • Fragrant-hot ground chilies, 7 ounces/2 cups 
  • Pixian chili bean paste (doubanjiang), 16 ounces
  • Recipe cards for chili oil, gong bao (kung pao) chicken and mapo doufu and instructions for making Sichuan pepper powder

See individual products on this site for more description of each one, including provenance and ingredients.

If you are giving this as 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.