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Jul 19, 2011 10:40 AM

Source for Szechuan peppercorns?

I'm addicted. I haven't done much investigating, only checked the local supermarket, Whole Foods, and the Spice Terminal at the RTM. No dice so far. Does anyone know where I can get some good, tongue-numbing Szechuan peppercorns?

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  1. Spice Terminal usually has them. Did you ask? They are behind the counter, not pre-bagged

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    1. re: Bigley9

      Of course I did not ask, that would make too much sense! Thanks.

      1. re: Cheesesteak

        NP Cheesesteak - I speak from experience - I did the same thing and then saw them a couple weeks later

    2. Asia Supermarket 143 N. 11th Street has what you need and more. It's a pretty well hidden (in the basement) Asian market right around the corner from RTM

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      1. re: koan

        I buy 'Home Made Szchuan Chili Sauce' from this Asia Supermarket. It has replaced most of the Sriracha sauce in my cooking.

      2. Penzey's also has them (mail order or in Chestnut Hill)

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        1. re: yummykimmy

          I bought a bottle from my local Penzeys and it does not numb my lips....

        2. very likely at one of the chinese markets in Chinatown.. I think there's one on 10th though I get the streets mixed up easily.

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          1. re: bess

            There is several markets in Chinatown. I think you may be thinking about a supermarket on the 11th street. Yeah, it carries Szechuan pepper.

          2. Spice Corner in Italian Market definitely has them as well.

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            1. re: barryg

              Yes, Asia Supermarket has them. Note that sometimes they are labeled as "prickly ash."