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Szechuan peppercorns

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Bigley9 Jul 19, 2013 08:39 AM

So in some of the discussions of Szechuan restuarants there have been comments about the quality of the szechuan peppercorns used, not just the quantity. Where can you buy good szechuan peppercorns? Is there a brand or region to look for?

  1. Chemicalkinetics Jul 19, 2013 04:17 PM

    Hmm, it is a bit of personal taste. Usually speaking, you want to buy Szechuan peppercorns from Szechuan region. This is, of course, a bit of oversimplification, but it is a relatively good rule of thumb.

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      Bigley9 Jul 23, 2013 10:21 AM

      Are Szechuan peppercorns from Szechuan readily available in Phila's Asian markets (Washington Ave in particular?)

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        Chemicalkinetics Jul 23, 2013 11:15 AM

        Sorry, I have never been to Washington Ave Asian market. I assume they should carry Szechuan peppercorn from Szechuan. If you have a Szechuan restaurant you like, then you can even buy yours from the restaurant. Alternatively, these peppercorn are fairly inexpensive, so you can always grab two different bags instead of one.

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          Bigley9 Jul 23, 2013 11:24 AM

          Thanks ChemicalK

    2. crazyspice Jul 19, 2013 08:54 AM

      I buy them at Penzey's. They have a great retail store in Chestnut Hill, as well as their online store.

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