Finding Schezuan peppercorn / Thai chili flakes in Atlanta metro?
I've been looking for a place to buy Schezuan peppercorns and Thai chili flakes (the kind available at every Thai restaurant) in the metro Atlanta area. The pepper flakes I'm looking for are spicier than what's sold as pizza topping, have a more complex flavor, a darker color, and (to me) a more pleasant burn.
So far, I've tried looking at Assi, H-Mart, Buford Highway Farmer's Market, and Cobb International Farmer's market, and had no luck at any of these locations and the staff had no idea what I was talking about.
I feel like I'm overlooking somewhere simple that would sell these ingredients. Does anyone know where I can get these two things? The closer to Marietta or Kennesaw, the better, but I know that's probably a pipe dream...
Hey neel2004, I asked the board about the peppercorns back in May. Never did find
them based on the suggestions. However on day at BHFM I asked an Asian woman
shopping there if she could help and she didn't know what I was talking about either
until I mentioned they were also known as 'ma la'. She then directed me to one of
the Chinese aisles that had a bunch of dried spices. There was a bag on one of
the bottom shelves that she said was them Unfortunately it was a huge bag, one
that I could possibly never go through. Don't know the aisle but it was on the left side
about six or so down from the front. Hope that helps. She kind of looked at me funny
and asked what in the world I would want those for. I guess a long haired 50
something white male was surprising to her that I would eat those things.
I know you can find the peppercorns at DeKalb Farmer's Mkt (that's where I got mine). As jethro_stella notes, you can get them at Buford Hwy Farmer's Mkt too. I bet they're still inexpensive even if it's more than you need. There are probably multiple spots there that you can get them, too, because of how it's broken up by country. Guess the main point is to know what you're looking for regardless of what the label says. As for the chili flakes, I'm not sure, but I'd think you can get close if not exactly what you want.