The Starter Mala Collection includes:

Combine this collection with The Food of Sichuan (2019), the definitive guide and cookbook for Sichuan cuisine.

Starter Mala Collection


The Starter Mala Collection includes:

Combine this collection with The Food of Sichuan (2019), the definitive guide and cookbook for Sichuan cuisine.

This Starter Mala Collection includes the must-have ingredients for creating ma and la, the defining tastes of Sichuan food, plus well-tested and beautifully printed recipe cards for five of Sichuan's most-loved dishes. 

'Ma' refers to the tingly, citrusy taste of Sichuan pepper, and our recently harvested, non-heat-treated Sichuan peppercorn is incomparably 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 for use in stir-fries and braises; and Sichuan fragrant-hot chili flakes, a mix of three kinds of toasted and ground chilies that is ideal for making chili oil, an essential ingredient in cold dishes and sauces. 

If Sichuan pepper and chili peppers are the heart of Sichuan cuisine, then Pixian doubanjiang, or chili bean paste made in Pixian County, is the soul. This kit includes a large package from the oldest and most esteemed maker. Available only at The Mala Market, the Yi Feng He Hao brand is a small-batch, completely handmade douban aged for three years in earthenware crocks and stirred every one of those 1,000-plus days by hand. 

Combine this Starter Mala Collection with basic Chinese pantry items like Chinese soy sauce and Zhenjiang vinegar and you can make dozens of authentic dishes. 

This collection includes five Mala Market recipe cards to get you started, and there are many more recipes using the ingredients on our blog

If this is a gift, know that we do not include any pricing info. The collection is packaged with red tissue paper and a product storage and usage guide.