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Old 02-23-2008, 01:25 AM   #1
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Szechuan Peppercorn

I added some Szechuan Peppercorns to my last Penzeys Spices order on a whim. I must say that they have a unique flavor and are unlike anything Szechuan that I have ever had. Does anyone have experience with these? Any ideas what I can use them in?

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Old 02-23-2008, 01:25 PM   #2
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Do any Asian cooking? Most Chinese cookbooks have at least a few recipes that call for them.
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Old 02-24-2008, 12:32 AM   #3
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:12 AM   #4
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Do any Asian cooking? Most Chinese cookbooks have at least a few recipes that call for them.
I do some Asian cooking, and eat at a lot of Asian restaurants but I have never had anything that tastes like this. I would describe it as a chemical taste with a burning sensation that builds. The only person I have inflicted them upon said that the taste reminds him of how bad soap smells.
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I do some Asian cooking, and eat at a lot of Asian restaurants but I have never had anything that tastes like this. I would describe it as a chemical taste with a burning sensation that builds. The only person I have inflicted them upon said that the taste reminds him of how bad soap smells.
hmm I think I will forego this pepper.
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:34 AM   #6
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Sichuan pepper is not a pepper but a bud or a berry. It is used in making five spice powder. You can also add it to chinese dishes by coarsely grinding them. They have a spicy citrusy flavor to it. While not critical to all Chinese dishes it adds a certain authenticity to some of the regional cooking there (just like white pepper which is not the same as black pepper).
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Old 02-26-2008, 01:23 PM   #7
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I love that taste. They sell it as a sauce in certain asian stores and that way you can use a little at a time and it will last.

Try it in a stir fried beef dish. I think it would go with a lot of things.
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Old 03-15-2008, 11:56 PM   #8
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I made this tonight Szechuan Peppery Hot Chicken and it was pretty good.
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