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Mar 2, 2011 03:19 PM

Tiger Skin Peppers (Sichuan style) - What kind is typically used?

Hello there- I really like a particular dish from Szechuan Gourmet in Midtown which is the chicken with chilies- a delicious dish and probably one of my favorites. I'm considering trying to make the dish myself but I am having trouble figuring out one of the ingredients: the green pepper they include in the dish. It's a green, mildly spicy, tasty pepper. It looks similar to this picture of tiger skin peppers that I have attached (though I may be wrong).

Does anyone know what kind of pepper this could be?:
1. Used in Sichuan style Chinese Cooking
2. Slight sweetness and heat
3. Diameter for the pepper is similar to that of a US quarter coin
4. Length is at least 2-3 inches.
5. Pairs deliciously with the flavor of Tien Tsin peppers and garlic cloves.

Does anyone know what kind of pepper this could be?

Szechuan Gourmet
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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  1. Hi acustomer, the pepper used in this dish is called green cayenne pepper (or (Niu Jiao Jiao 牛角椒 in Chinese). You can find it in Chinese grocery stores or specialty food stores. Here is a picture found online:

    My dad is a big fan of this dish. He likes to add some black vinegar as well. Yum!

    Hope this helps.