Does anyone know where I might be able to buy some of the chilies traditionally used in Sichuan cooking? We went to Chengdu last year and took some cooking classes there. Amazing experience. We brought back as many pickled and dried chillies as we could stuff in our suitcase, but haven't be able to locate any since then.
In particular, I'm looking for 'Facing Heaven Chilis' chao tian jiao [朝天椒] (copied from post here - thanks for the characters!) -- dried and pickled. We've been able to buy the peppercorns, no problem.
I've tried May Way and all the shops on Clement Street, Ranch 99, many of the shops in SF Chinatown, and Sunset Super, but still am not having any luck.
Would appreciate your thoughts!