I've decided to re-create one of my favorite dishes (the green beans, doncha know) from Little Szechuan in St. Paul from a similar sounding looking recipe in Fuchsia Dunlop's "Land of Plenty" and I need "Tianjin" or Zha cai in order to do so. I've already hit up United Noodle (in Midtown Global Market) with no success (although they had everything I needed to prepare the ma po tofu and beef with cumin dishes from Dunlop's "Land of Plenty"). My next stop, unless someone has actually seen this unicorn someone and can direct me specifically, will be Dragon Star Foods. Before I go running around town, does anyone know where in the Twin Cities to get it? I imagine I can get it online, but, you know me, I'm anxious to get going now.
It apparently looks like this (in Fuchsia Dunlop's "Revolutionary Chinese" she says it comes in a little earthenware pot):
When I asked about it at Little Szechuan months ago, they told me the dish contained "ya choy", so, I would settle for that, too. :) Zha cai ( "pressed vegetable") a type of Sichuan pickled mustard stem Other transliterations: cha tsai, tsa tsai (Mandarin Chinese); or jar choy, jar choi, ja choi, ja choy, or cha tsoi (Cantonese Chinese).