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Nov 7, 2009 05:56 PM

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

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

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    1. re: KTFoley

      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.


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

      1. 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.

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