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Sichuan pepper

Jay Weedon | Nov 25, 2002 11:00 AM

Here's something I can never figure out: I visited Sichuan, China about 20 years ago. One of the most interesting culinary things I found out is that they use this wonderful spice that has an anesthetic quality, makes the tongue & lips tingle.

In all of the dozens of times I've eaten in NY "Sichuan" restaurants I have never encountered the stuff. I've seen it in spice shops, but no one ever seems to cook with it! What gives?

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