If you're not familiar with the numbing, tongue-tingling bite of Sichuan peppercorns, they can be a nerve-wracking ingredient to bring into your kitchen. So we asked chefs around the country to show just how versatile this spice can be, and how to incorporate into food well beyond the Sichuan standards, without the pain.
'sichuan peppercorn' on Serious Eats
Tofu haters can have a shot at tasting the addictive Sichuan-style sauce flavored with hot chili oil and numbing Sichuan peppercorns.
Spicy dressed tofu is a five-minute light meal or appetizer, fragrant with chili oil, vinegar, and Sichuan peppercorn.