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szechuan peppercorns?

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cimero Jan 21, 2010 03:33 PM

Anyone know where I can buy these? I've checked several asian markets (Safe & Save on Sawtelle, 99 Ranch on Sepulveda in the Valley, Farmer's Market across from Jon's on Sepulveda)....can't seem to find them anywhere which surprises me considering it's such a staple in Chinese cooking.

Thank you!

  1. hppzz Jan 21, 2010 04:20 PM

    just about to toast up some szechuan peppercorns along with other peppercorns for steak au poivre! got mine at A Grocery Warehouse in Echo Park 1487 W Sunset Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90026
    (213) 250-1446

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      darrelll Jan 22, 2010 03:42 PM

      That sounds great!

      I found them at the big Thaitown Silom Supermarket in Hollywood

      5321 Hollywood Blvd
      Los Angeles, CA 90027
      (323) 993-9000

      They are labeled as Anise Pepper. $1.09 for 1 oz.

    2. bgazindad Jan 21, 2010 04:37 PM

      i bought my pepper corns at 99 ranch on Sepulveda. It seems that they are not always available. It helps to ask the clerks. Sometimes stuff isn't where you think is should be in those stores. The bag I bought was a 4 oz bag. about 5 x 7.

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        selfportrait93 Jan 21, 2010 05:13 PM

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/606636

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          hobbess Jan 21, 2010 06:10 PM

          Sometimes, it gets labeled as something else and those stores actually might have had them.

          1. yinyangdi Jan 21, 2010 07:04 PM

            I bought mine at WF (in one of those plastic grinder's)

            1. OCEllen Jan 21, 2010 07:12 PM

              Cost Plus World Market - I believe I've seen them there.

              1. Bob Brooks Jan 22, 2010 02:18 PM

                I've bought some at Surfa's.

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                  beezees Jan 22, 2010 05:51 PM

                  I purchased them at Hawaii Supermarket:

                  120 E Valley Blvd
                  San Gabriel, CA 91776

                  By the way, I tried 99 Ranch (on Valley as well) first, but did not find them. Also, the staff was unable to help, even after we produced photos to explain what it was that we were looking for.

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                    sel Jan 22, 2010 11:11 PM

                    Hawaii, Rosemead and 168 Supermarkets in the SGV all have em. 168 is where I bought a 1 pound bag recently.

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                      will47 Jan 23, 2010 12:18 AM

                      SG Superstore has them too, both the red and green kinds, I think. Cellophane bags, bottom row next to some dried chili peppers.

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                      JThur01 Jan 30, 2010 09:57 PM

                      Ok, checked out both Hawaii and 99 Ranch on Valley tonight and...I could find nothing at Hawaii and all I found at 99 Ranch was "dried peppercorns" Hoa Tieu in Vietnamese on the label - oh, and a panda. What did I miss? Perhaps I should have checked 168.

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                        will47 Jan 30, 2010 11:24 PM

                        I think hoa tiêu is the same thing - the very similar "hua jiao"(花椒; flower pepper literally) is the word for these in Mandarin, and a quick google search confirms that hoa tiêu should be Sichuan peppercorn.

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                      NYCnowLA Jan 22, 2010 08:27 PM

                      penzeys in santa monica

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                        DrBruin Jan 30, 2010 11:25 PM

                        penzey's in torrance has them too

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