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Szechuan peppercorns - where to purchase in MSP/STP area?

spahkee Nov 7, 2009 05:56 PM

Looking for those tongue numbing incidiary Szechuan peppercorns to use in a dish in the next couple of days. I headed over to Dragon Star and Double Dragon oriental food stores in Saint Paul but no luck - they carried regular hot chilies and hot peppers but not these Szechuan peppercorns.

Has anyone been able to locate them in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and are they usually sold dried?


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    KTFoley RE: spahkee Nov 7, 2009 06:45 PM

    Penzey's carries the dried Szechuan peppercorns. They have three locations in the Twin Cities.


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      The Dairy Queen RE: KTFoley Nov 7, 2009 11:13 PM

      I second KTFoley's recommendation. I've purchased the peppercorns elsewhere (it was either United Noodles or Shuang Hur, but i can't which one remember now), but I found the ones at Penzey's (try the Grand Avenue location in St. Paul) to be of higher quality. More tingly. They were dried.


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      getgot211 RE: spahkee Nov 8, 2009 05:49 AM

      the Wedge has them in bulk from Frontier, local brand that IMO is pretty much on par with Penzey's.

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        PapayaSauce RE: spahkee Dec 23, 2009 09:25 AM

        I've always bought them at Shuang Hur (I usually frequent the one at 27th and Nicollet, but there's also one on University). They're really cheap there (as is everything else :) ), and they're usually labeled as dried prickly ash.

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          Quince RE: spahkee Dec 23, 2009 05:01 PM

          I'm pretty sure ours came from United Noodles, and I thought they were plenty tingly. They are sold dried.

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