Lantern Chili (Deng Long Jiao)
Deng long jiao, or lantern chilies, are fat and round and moderately hot. These are deep-red, fresh and fragrant. They are used to bring a visual wow to dishes such as dry pot and Chongqing chicken (la zi ji). There are several varieties of lantern chilies, and this one is slightly smaller than what we've carried in the past.
Some Sichuan chefs, such as video star Chef Wang, use them in their mix of chilies for chili oils.
Most chili peppers sold and eaten in Sichuan in recent times come from neighboring Guizhou Province, which is warmer and less industrialized/polluted. These chilies are sun-dried by the farmers then further dried, cleaned and tested by our supplier in Chengdu to meet international safety standards. We at The Mala Market hand-package them weekly.
Source: Guizhou Province
Size: 4 ounces (115 grams); 4 1/2 cups by volume