Super Mala Collection

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Note: This collection will return to availability in the early fall when the 2018 harvest of Sichuan pepper and chili peppers arrives. 

If you are a fan of Sichuan cuisine, then you know the importance of mala to authentic taste. This Super Mala 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 peppercorn. Our premium red and green Sichuan peppercorns were shipped direct from Sichuan after the fall 2017 harvest and are intensely fresh, fragrant and potent.

'La' refers to the heat of chili pepper, and this kit includes both the popular facing-heaven chilies as well as fat, round red lantern chilies to be used in stir-fries. It also includes a fragrant-hot mix of ground Sichuan chilies to be used in making chili oil, an essential ingredient in cold dishes and sauces. (Ground chilies can be used in any Chinese recipe that calls for chili flakes.)

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 four Mala Market recipe cards to get you started and Yibin Suimiyacai, a preserved vegetable used in many classic dishes. 

Collection includes:

  • Premium red Sichuan peppercorn, 2 ounces/1 cup
  • Premium green Sichuan peppercorn, 2 ounces/1 cup
  • Facing heaven dried chilies, 4 ounces/4 1/2 cups 
  • Red lantern dried chilies, 4 ounces/5 cups
  • Fragrant-hot ground chilies, 7 ounces/2 cups 
  • Pixian chili bean paste (doubanjiang), 16 ounces
  • Yibin yacai, 2.8 ounces
  • Recipe cards for chili oil, gong bao (kung pao) chicken, mapo doufu and dry-fried green beans 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.