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Sichuan peppercorns- duds?

forums.egullet.org/index.php?/topic/29130-sichuan-peppercorn/page__st__360

Apparently you can get the good stuff, but the majority of the stuff sold in western supermarkets (ie, not in China) is of inferior quality. Some of the posters on that long thread claimed to have scored quality sichuan pepper. Thing is, that thread has been dead for 5 years and the links etc don't work. Anyone know a current reputable seller of these things?

Mar 17, 2012
badmajon99 in Home Cooking

Sichuan peppercorns- duds?

Hello, I actually bought the latest tin of these things in new Zealand where I am now. They came straight from China as far as I can tell into Auckland. I actually suspected the same thing with the heat treating as I bought them in the states too and those were also duds. I tried toasting them dry, with oil, crushing first then toasting, vice versa, these things are just duds. I have not tried that other brand however. I might give that a try.

Mar 17, 2012
badmajon99 in Home Cooking

Sichuan peppercorns- duds?

Years ago I lived in China and loved sichuan food and those delicious sichuan peppercorns. However I have never been able to get that numbing bubbly flavor out of the ones I have bought in supermarkets. Any idea why that is? Do you have to specially prepare them before adding to a dish to get the desired effect? I typically just crush them up a bit and throw them in? Am I doing it wrong or are the ones sold here not fresh enough or something?

Mar 15, 2012
badmajon99 in Home Cooking

Salumi in Italy

Hi Katie, we plan to be in the Tuscany region. We are going to spend two days in Florence and then renting a car for about 4 days traveling around that area. As far as what kind, we pretty much like it all, cured, uncured, its all great. A good tour and explanation of how they do it, plus a tasting would be great especially because I want to start making my own for my family.

Jan 25, 2012
badmajon99 in Italy

What to do with preserved aquarium fish

Yep you heard me right, while traveling on business I came across something I found amusing because I have a couple of these in my aquarium at home. Preserved gourami. As far as I can tell they are a Laotian cooking ingredient, because they eat them over there. I tried one and it tasted absolutely awful, but I am guessing in small quantities they might be used as an ingredient in a dish to give it an interesting authentic taste. In my experience, many ethnic foods never taste the same when you have them on the states because they are missing hard to find, possibly illegal to import tidbit which they leave out.

Does anyone know a recipe calling for this or know how it is used in cooking?

Jan 20, 2012
badmajon99 in Home Cooking

Salumi in Italy

Thanks for the suggestions. Appreciated!

Jan 20, 2012
badmajon99 in Italy

Salumi in Italy

Hi my wife and I are going to Italy this summer and we both enjoy Salumi a whole lot. We are already planning a wine tour or two, and it got me thinking, are there similar Salumi tours or places where it its produced that you can visit? I love to go to such a place and see how they make it, see the pigs and have a tasting. If anyone could point me in the right direction I would appreciate it. I did some googling and I couldn't find anything.

Jan 18, 2012
badmajon99 in Italy