Beyond Sichuan Peppercorns: Sichuan Cooking Essentials

Hot chile paste (lajiao jiang) and hot bean paste (ladouban jiang) add fire and depth to Sichuan cooking. But what kind should you buy when you're in the Chinese market facing shelves full of different packages? Get brand recommendations, descriptions, and even pictures of hounds' favorite jars and cans—handy for adventurous chefs who can't read Chinese!

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