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Szechuan Peppercorns - the Chinese name, please?

Wayne Keyser Apr 21, 2005 04:20 PM

I could (and have) lingered all day trying to describe what I want (Szechuan peppercorns) to a shopkeeper, or I could ask for exactly the right thing by its Chinese name. (I finally figured out this principle trying to get fenugreek at an Ethiopian market ("abish") and an Indian market ("methi") which both carried it as a staple, but swore to me that they had no fenugreek.

Now, can anyone help me find that out?

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    Professor Salt Apr 21, 2005 04:33 PM

    "Hua jiao"

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    1. re: Professor Salt
      bobcat Apr 21, 2005 05:11 PM

      The problem is if you don't say it with the proper intonation the shopkeeper still probably wouldn't understand what you are talking about. It's best if you could show them the Chinese characters or at least a picture.

      1. re: bobcat
        bobcat Apr 21, 2005 05:18 PM

        Just thought to add, "hua jiao" literally means "flower pepper," so they might understand you if you asked for that instead.

        1. re: bobcat
          jennyantepenultimate Apr 22, 2005 04:27 AM

          maybe you can print this page to take with you.


          Image: http://chinesefood.about.com/library/...

          1. re: jennyantepenultimate
            vicki_vale Apr 23, 2005 05:14 PM

            Alternatively, my friend from Beijing calls it "ma jiao". It describes the numbing effect of the peppers.

            THe said the "ma" is the same word "ma" from ma po tofu, the name of that popular spicy dish. Say "ma" kind of quickly, in a low voice.

            The last hound's chinese characters were most helpful. That'll be your best bet.

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