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Place to buy Sichuan peppercorn in MSP

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tvdxer Oct 16, 2012 12:03 AM

Hello everyone. I have a simple question: do you know where Sichuan peppercorn is sold in the Metro? I'm pretty sure no place around here (Duluth) sells it, so it looks like I'll have to go to Minneapolis or St. Paul. I've asked before at the giant Asian supermarket on University Avenue in St. Paul and at the Little India Market on NE Central Ave in Minneapolis (because the ingredient is known in South Asian cooking as well) to no avail. Apparently, the import ban ended in 2005, so I know it's available in the U.S.

Thank you for your help.

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  1. scoopG RE: tvdxer Oct 16, 2012 02:56 AM

    Possibly United Noodles or Shuang Hur:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/665497

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      steve_in_stpaul RE: tvdxer Oct 16, 2012 04:06 AM

      Penzey's has them. And the Twin Cities have three Penzey's, on Grand in Saint Paul, Uptown, and Lakeville. You can also mail-order them from Penzey's if you aren't making the trek here for any other reason.

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        tvdxer RE: steve_in_stpaul Oct 19, 2012 04:14 PM

        Thank you, I had my sister pick some up from the Lakeville location.

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        bkmnus RE: tvdxer Oct 16, 2012 04:18 AM

        scoopG is right, but be aware that they may not be labeled as Sichuan peppercorns. I think the last bag I bought was labeled chinese pink peppercorns.

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          semanticantics RE: tvdxer Oct 16, 2012 06:39 AM

          Dragon Star or Sun Foods might have them.

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            mitch cumstein RE: semanticantics Oct 16, 2012 09:49 AM

            most asian grocery stores have them, labeled under prickly ash berries...same thing as at penzeys under sichuan peppercorn but last time I got a pound or 2 for about 6 bucks(shuang hur)

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