Red Sichuan Pepper Oil
Red Sichuan Pepper Oil
Size: 100 ml (3.4 ounces)
Ingredients: First-grade, cold-pressed, non-GMO rapeseed oil, Fresh Red Sichuan Pepper
Storage: Keep in a cool and dry place or refrigerate to prolong life and aroma
Red vs. Green Sichuan Pepper: Many people are unaware that Sichuan pepper comes in two varieties - Red and Green. They are not in different stages of maturity but two plants with distinct flavors (think of red wine grapes and white wine grapes). Both are native to Sichuan, and while the red ones have been used in cooking for thousands of years, the green variety is more boutique and has only become popular in China in the past 20 years.
|"An oil that tingles and transforms" - The New York Times||The iconic flavor sensation in all classic Sichuan dishes. You can now "mapo" anything!|
|Aroma: Citrus (Lemon zest), Fresh flowers, Bright||Aroma: Citrus (Orange zest), Dried flowers, Warm|
|Suggested Pairing: Fish, Seafood, Veggies, Pasta||Suggested Pairing: Meat, Tofu, Pizza|
Unrivalled Quality of Red Sichuan Pepper
While dried Sichuan (Szechuan) peppercorns offer remarkable flavors, they must be ground and prepared, with a possibility that coarse fragments give an unpleasant mouth feel. Sichuan pepper oil on the other hand is more convenient to use and preserves the flavor and potency much longer. It is not another hot sauce. In fact, it is not hot at all. The floral bouquet flavor stimulates your palate and nose, while the unique tingling sensation stimulates your tongue and lips. Best as a condiment over pasta, ramen noodles, pizza and salads. A few drops go a long way.
Freshest Product Shipped by Air
We airlift the oils right after the annual harvest in July and August directly from selected farms in the mountains of the Chongqing and Sichuan region. Airlifting helps ensure they are the freshest products outside of China.
Direct Sourcing from Farmers
Sichuan peppers are handpicked as automation has not arrived. While avoiding the thorns, farmers need to work carefully to preserve the peppers and keep them intact. This also reduces the presence of stalks and leaves, ensuring better flavor. Handpicking requires a dexterous, attentive and experienced labor force - notice the sharp thorns on the branches in this short clip.
Premium Cold-Pressed Rapeseed Oil
We use premium non-GMO cold-pressed rapeseed oil. No preservatives, no allergy-causing soybean oil.
Bottled in Georgia in compliance with the US food handling, packaging and labeling standards
Disclaimer: This product should not be consumed if you have an allergy to prickly ash plants.
Red Sichuan Pepper Oil
This oil adds that extra hit of flavor to almost any dish, from eggs, vegetables, fish and chicken. I am happy it’s in my kitchen!
The flavor of this Sichuan pepper oil is so unique, I am not sure what you can compare it to. My wife and I first experienced the Sichuan flower pepper when living in Chongqing from 1997-98. The first time I had a dish with this pepper in it, the sensation it left on my tongue was so different and I was not sure what to think about it. After a few more times eating at local restaurants tucked away in alleys, we became hooked on this flavor. If you haven't tried Sichuan pepper oil before, I would recommend giving it more than one opportunity, as the taste is so unique it may require your tongue getting used to it!
We hadn't experienced this taste sensation since 1998 until my wife discovered 50Hertz through an article in the NYT, and she ordered the green Sichuan pepper oil. We watched a live video of Yao discussing the company and showing how to cook Chongqing noodles using the pepper oil, and after finding some chili oil and black vinegar in a Chinese shop in Lima, Peru, we followed Yao's recipe and we were flooded with memories of eating in Chongqing. We couldn't resist making the Chongqing noodles three more times that week.
This past month we ordered the red Sichuan pepper oil and had it sent to a friend, as we wanted to cook for our friends while visiting Oregon and have them experience this flavor. Unfortunately, we made the mistake of entering one wrong digit in the house address, and the post service could not deliver the pepper oil and had to return it. Yao and 50Hertz demonstrated attention to customers and service by sending the pepper oil to a different address without charge even though we were the ones to make the mistake. In addition, when I made the original order for the red Sichuan pepper oil, I remarked how much we loved the green pepper oil and that we had not experienced anything like that since Chongqing, and he wrote back personally and we were able to share stories of our time in Chongqing where Yao grew up.
Thank you Yao for making the Sichuan Flower Pepper accessible to those outside of China and Sichuan Province, and for demonstrating what personalized customer service of a small business looks like. We can't wait to share dishes with this oil amongst our friends, as solely describing the flavor and sensation does not do it justice!
I use this oil to sauté chicken as well as spice up vegetables or a salad. It adds a nice flavor and feel to so many dishes.
I ordered the GREEN in the first wave and the RED as soon as it was introduced.