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Oct 8, 2006 10:46 PM

looking for szechuan/sichuan peppercorns

99 Ranch Daly City is sold out and say that they haven't had them for a while. Where have you found szechuan/sichuan peppercorns recently in or near SF? Thanks.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Took your suggestion and went there this evening. They didn't have it, and they say they haven't had it for years (i.e., since importation was banned). Have you bought whole Szechuan peppercorns there recently?

    2. I believe that I saw them at SF Herb Company on 14th street last week. About $8.75 for a one pound bag. Definitely call to confirm (415.861.7174). I didn't examine them, so don't know quality (ok, I wouldn't know what to look for anyway), but the company always has fresh spices.

      1. If you can't find them locally, Penzey's has them available by mail order. I have always been impressed with the quality of spices from Penzeys.

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        1. re: glazebrookgirl

          We buy a lot of spices from Penzey's even when they are available locally, since the quality's so high.

          Outside of Indian stores, which I don't think carry sichuan peppercorns, the best quality and selection of spices I've found is at Lhasa Karnak in Berkeley.

        2. They are available in Chinatown on the east side of Stockton. Without a stroll through Chinatown to refresh my memory, I can't do any better than that. I submit, however, that the search will be every bit as pleasurable as the discovery. And unless you read Chinese, you must be able to recognize sichuan peppercorns when you see them.

          My pepper grinder contains 80% tellicherries & 20% sichuan peppercorns.

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          1. re: Paul H

            I bought some over a year ago in Chinatown, and the package says "red prickly ash," I believe.

          2. Try Richmond New May Wah Supermarket on Clement & 8th. I bought some there a few months ago.