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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.

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  1. I'm not sure of those specific one but I did, for example, find Black vinegar here:

    http://www.kalustyans.com/catalog.asp...

    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.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Mushrooms:

      Cloud Ears - Auricula - I bought "compressed auricula" (Yu Yee Brand)

      Silver Ear Fungus - "White Jello" - dried (no brand name in English, packed for Golden Gate Supply company)

    2. Amazon has some of the things you may need -
      Cloud ear mushrooms
      http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/...

      Sichuan pepper
      http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/...

      1. An aside - but just found this Asian ingredient glossary that might come in handy:

        http://www.asiafood.org/