sources for Chinese spices & ingredients?
Over on the Home Cooking board, we're embarking on Chinese cooking -- our March Cookbook of the Month is/are Fuchsia Dunlop's Sichuan and Hunan cookbooks.
Not living in a major city, I (and probably other COTM'ers) need recommendations for online source for Chinese ingredients such as Sichuan pepper, dried cloud ears, cassia bark, etc.
Amazon has some of the things you may need -
Cloud ear mushrooms
I'm not sure of those specific one but I did, for example, find Black vinegar here:
And I bet they have some of the other items, though it's not the easiest site to navigate. I buy a lot of things there for Indian/Thai cooking.
I bought a bunch of supplies this morning at a market in Chinatown in Manhattan, and the dried cloud ears were called something else - I'll find the name for you. I'll try and and post the list of items I got and the brand names - that might help.