Mom's Mala Sichuan Chili Sauce
Mom's Mala is a vibrantly red and deeply fragrant Sichuan chili oil that is all about bringing out the aromatic side of chili, balancing mouth-tingling (ma) Sichuan peppercorns with spicy (la) chili peppers. This classic mouth-tingling sauce is a classic condiment much harder to find on supermarket shelves than other Asian hot sauces that feature peanut or garlic. Rounded out with a blend of star anise, cinnamon and cloves—the core spices of Chinese five-spice powder—and a touch of sugar and oil, this Sichuan chili oil has floral and lightly smoky notes and is available in both mild and spicy versions.
Fly By Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp
This chili sauce is enhanced with preserved black beans, mushroom powder, sesame oil and garlic for a complete flavor profile. The crispy bits of chili, the namesake ingredient of this dish, provide bursts of contrasting texture, making it an ideal tableside topping for stir frys, soups, braises and more.
Blank Slate Kitchen Sichuan Chili Oil
Fragrant Sichuan chili oil is as common in Chinese restaurants as ketchup is in American diners. Blank Slate's Kitchen small-batch rendition pairs the heat of chili with zesty ginger and aromatic shallots and garlic for an especially bright flavor.
50 Hertz Foods Green Sichuan Pepper Oil
We love the complex, mouth-numbing quality of floral, piney Sichuan peppercorns, but their aromatic compounds are notoriously short-lived, so store-bought dried versions are often stale and flavorless. Like a bold wine that needs a bit of time to breathe, Green Sichuan Pepper Oil has powerful resinous aromas and earthy, funky notes that some might find daunting when the bottle is first opened. No need to worry: With a bit of air, that intensity mellows and softens, and the oil's complex crushed-pine aroma comes through, along with floral-citrusy notes.
Mala Market Sesame Paste
Mala Market's Chinese Sesame Paste is one of the few products of its kind to be verified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It's made from single-origin white sesame seeds from Xingjiang that are toasted to a deep golden brown, resulting in a much more robust flavor than tahini, which is made from raw or lightly toasted sesame seeds.
Jiangsu HengShun 6-Year Zhenjiang Black Vinegar
Ubiquitous Chinese black vinegar is rich, tart and slightly sweet—with a fermented malty taste and woody character that distinguishes it from the light-colored and fruity rice vinegar. This one is crafted by one of the oldest and most well-known producers in the country, who ages the dark liquid for 6 years in traditional urns to achieve its complexity. It’s not too astringent, with a full-bodied character that yields nuanced notes of molasses and something like the brightness of a high-quality bar of dark chocolate, nothing like the other black vinegars we sampled that weren’t given time to age. A pantry staple in Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine, black vinegar contributes a unique flavor to food that (despite what you might read online), can’t be replicated with other dark vinegars like fruity balsamic.
Mala Market Fragrant Hot Ground Chilies
These medium-ground flakes are a combination of three Chinese chili varieties: er jing tiao chilies for fragrance, facing heaven chilies for color, and xiao mi la chilies for heat. The peppers are toasted and fried, thus possessing an extra-rich flavor and uniquely crisp texture that makes them utterly addictive.
Mala Market Whole DIY Chinese Five-Spice
Chinese five-spice is an all-purpose seasoning blend, used in everything from braises and stews to spice rubs and marinades. Mala Market adheres to the classic combination of star anise, cassia cinnamon, fennel, clove and Sichuan pepper—many other brands substitute this last ingredient for easier-to-find black or white pepper, but Sichuan peppercorns are essential for balancing the sweeter flavors of cinnamon and star anise with savory, citrusy notes.
Dobanjiang - 3 Year Aged Red Bean Paste
Dobanjiang (alternatively spelled toban djan) is an intensely flavored paste made from fermented broad (fava) beans, chilies, salt and seasonings.Mala Market is importing the best version we have tasted of this pantry staple: remarkably deep, savory and spicy—far more so than any supermarket version. It’ll be your new secret ingredient and salvation for midnight noodles or last-minute meals.
50 Hertz Red Sichuan Peppercorn Oil
Not to be confused with a chili oil or hot sauce, Red Sichuan Peppercorn Oil yields a pleasant tingling sensation instead of heat and spice. Bold and aromatic, red peppercorns have a more woodsy and floral flavor with a hit of citrus, though not as much as their green counterparts. While there are some chili products on the market that showcase the peppercorn’s numbing tingle, most mask its flavor with other strong ingredients like fresh chilis and garlic. We love this version’s clean, pure taste that showcases the peppercorn without any background notes from the carrier oil itself (a mark of quality) and how each layer of its robust flavor has been brought out—gently blooming on your tongue and lingering beautifully. A little of this oil goes a long way, but it’s easy to control how much you add with its small bottle so you can adjust the level of its addictive numbing tingle.
Mala Market Facing Heaven Chili Pepper
This cone-shaped medium-sized chili is a Chinese heirloom varietal that derives its name from the chili’s tip-up growth toward the sky. Brick red in color, Facing Heaven chili peppers have a moderate heat level and a rich, fruity flavor.
Mala Market Xiao Mi La Chili Pepper
It’s generally safe to assume that the smaller the chili, the hotter it will be. These tiny little Xiao Mi La chilies, an heirloom varietal from China, are seriously hot and for real chili heads. A single pepper, broken up or left whole, can add a toasty flavor and warm chili heat to most any dish.
Mala Market Lantern Chili Pepper
Chubby and round with a moderately high heat level, these Chinese chili peppers are a local heirloom variety with a plump shape and rich flavor, which is similar to the tropical sweetness of habanero peppers but with a stronger and slower heat.