If you are a fan of Sichuan cuisine, then you know the importance of mala to authentic taste. This Super Mala Collection includes an expanded selection of ingredients for creating ma and la, the defining tastes of Sichuan food, plus six well-tested and beautifully printed recipe cards for classic Sichuan dishes.
'Ma' refers to the tingly, citrusy taste of Sichuan peppercorn. The Mala Market's non-heat-treated, hand-processed red and green Sichuan peppercorns were shipped direct from Sichuan after the fall 2018 harvest and are incomparably fresh, fragrant and potent.
'La' refers to the heat of chili pepper, and this kit includes both the popular facing-heaven chilies as well as fat, round lantern chilies to be used in stir-fries. It also includes fragrant-hot chili flakes, which are a mix of three kinds of toasted and ground chilies, to be used in making chili oil, an essential ingredient in cold dishes and sauces.
If Sichuan pepper and chili peppers are the heart of Sichuan cuisine, then Pixian doubanjiang, or chili bean paste made in Pixian County, is the soul. This kit includes a large package from the oldest and most esteemed maker. Available only at The Mala Market, the Yi Feng He Hao brand is a small-batch, completely handmade douban aged for three years in earthenware crocks and stirred every one of those 1,000-plus days by hand.
This collection includes six Mala Market recipe cards to get you started!
Premium Big Red Pao Sichuan peppercorn, 2 ounces/1 cup
Premium green Sichuan peppercorn, 2 ounces/1 cup
Facing heaven dried chilies, 4 ounces/4 1/2 cups
Lantern dried chilies, 4 ounces/5 cups
Fragrant-hot chili flakes, 7 ounces/2 cups
Premium 3-year aged Pixian chili bean paste (doubanjiang), 17.6 ounces
Recipe cards for chili oil, gong bao (kung pao) chicken, mapo doufu, dry-fried green beans, Chongqing chicken (la zi ji) and water-boiled fish (shui zhu yu)