'Sichuan peppercorns' on Serious Eats

Naomi Duguid's Kachin Pounded Beef with Herbs

She doesn't mention it in the recipe headnote, but Naomi Duguid's Kachin Pounded Beef with Herbs in her Burma must be a kissing cousin to Laos and Thailand's laab. Instead of hand-chopped meat that is tossed with spices, however, this Burmese version is pounded in a mortar and pestle, grinding the aromatics into gently simmered beef. The result is a meltingly tender bowl of fragrant beef with a texture akin to rillettes but with the taste of Southeast Asia. More

Naomi Duguid's Kachin Pounded Beef with Herbs

She doesn't mention it in the recipe headnote, but Naomi Duguid's Kachin Pounded Beef with Herbs in her Burma must be a kissing cousin to Laos and Thailand's laab. Instead of hand-chopped meat that is tossed with spices, however, this Burmese version is pounded in a mortar and pestle, grinding the aromatics into gently simmered beef. The result is a meltingly tender bowl of fragrant beef with a texture akin to rillettes but with the taste of Southeast Asia. More

Dinner Tonight: Gong Bao Ji Ding (Kung Pao Chicken, via Food52)

Kung Pao chicken is a dish often bastardized in Chinese-American eateries into a bland, stir-fried hodge podge of chicken, bell peppers, celery, and peanuts in a gloppy sweet soy-based sauce. The real deal, on the other hand, packs a flavorful punch; savory soy balanced with a touch of sweetness, a splash of dark Chinese vinegar for a fragrant acidity, and plenty of chilis and Sichuan peppercorns for that characteristic ma-la (hot and numbing) profile. More

Mapo Dofu With Ramps: Quite Possibly The Greatest Food Ever

I've never hidden my love for Mapo Dofu, the Sichuan dish of soft silken tofu flavored with beef and mouth-numbing, citrus-y Sichuan peppercorns. But it doesn't have to be a season-less dish. The past few years I've taken to adapting it to the spring by adding in a few big handfuls of sliced ramps, the ephemeral wild spring onions that how up by the bushel at farmers' markets (or if you're lucky, sister's backyard!). More

Dinner Tonight: Miao Pork with Corn and Chiles

The end of corn season is rapidly approaching, as I found out the hard way while attempting to locate some pristine examples at the local farmers' market. But if you can find enough ears, and I eventually did after some digging, this recipe from Beyond the Great Wall is a fitting way to say goodbye to the summer staple. Pork may be the first ingredient listed, but as you can tell by the picture, corn makes up the bulk of this dish. More

11 Sichuan Peppercorn Recipes

We at SE are big fans of the Sichuan peppercorn. Real big. Though most commonly found in Sichuan cuisine, the spice has such depth and appeal that it really should have farther-reaching applications. Sichuan peppercorns give off a tingly, fizzy feeling on the tongue and when used sparingly, they're incomparably delicious. And addictive. Here are 11 ways to use them. More

Dinner Tonight: Uncle Lang's Three Teacup Chicken

Like pound cake, three teacup chicken refers to the "small Chinese teacup," which is used to "measure the soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar." At least that's what Grace Young and Alan Richardson claim for this rendition in The Breath of a Wok. Cute anecdote aside, what's amazing is how simple this sauce is to make. It's tart, sweet, astonishingly complex. Plus it comes together in a matter of seconds, and pairs nicely with the chicken. More

Seriously Asian: Dumplings with Sichuan Peppercorns

The message of this week's column is simple but worthwhile. It is this: if you put Sichuan peppercorns in your dumplings, they will be extraordinary. We lovers of the spicy, tingly peppercorn lament the dearth of good Sichuanese cuisine here in the States and by extension, the troubling absence of Sichuan peppercorns in our regular diets. Here, then, is a nice way to get your dumpling fix and satisfy your craving for Sichuan peppercorns in one fell swoop. More

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