Red Sichuan Pepper Oil (50 Hertz)
If you're one of those people who's got hot sauce in your bag, then you might want to make room for this travel-size bottle of Sichuan pepper oil too after you try it and become addicted.
Sichuan pepper oil is not a hot sauce but a fragrant numbing sauce made by infusing fresh Sichuan pepper in top-quality Sichuan rapeseed oil. Sichuan pepper oil can be made from both red and green Sichuan peppercorns, and this one is red, made from Sichuan pepper grown in Hanyuan county.
The same difference in flavor profile between red and green peppercorns transfers to the oil, so this red oil smells of citrus and intriguing florals just like green Sichuan pepper oil, but is more warm and woodsy. And of course, it puts "a tingle on your tongue," as 50 Hertz describes it.
The 50 Hertz brand is brought to you by Yao Zhao, an American resident who grew up in Chongqing and missed what was for him the everyday taste of Sichuan pepper. He returned to Chongqing and followed his nose to find his favorite example of Sichuan pepper oil and bring it to the U.S.
Yao champions the oil not just for Sichuan food but for pasta, salads and numerous other Western foods, where it brings an unexpected taste and tingle. In fact, his brilliant brand name, 50 Hertz, refers to the electric frequency of Sichuan pepper vibrations on the lips and tongue.
Store in a cool, dry place or refrigerate to prolong life.
Producer: 50 Hertz, Anping Food LLC, Washington D.C.
Size: 100 ml (3.4 ounces)
Ingredients: first-grade, cold-pressed, non-GMO rapeseed oil and red Sichuan pepper