Today while in Chinatown I went to Chinese herb shop I have shopped at for years and asked for this wonderful pepper. The clerk told me that they no longer had any. But the owner who knew me told me to wait. Then he went to the bakc and started to move a lot of boxes and fish out one 1# bag of these peppers.
He told me not to tell where I was able to find these pepper. This was the last bag he had and would not be getting anymore.
My wife said that if what we read in the newspaper was true and that the peppers had a worm or something we could kill the worm eggs. We will be roasting the peppers in the oven in a open metal tray at low heat for a few hours. This is the way she said they do in China in order to kill the eggs of bugs. So if you were lucky enough to find some, I recommend that you do the same. I may be a long time before we get any in the US.
We will be doing that with all our spices and herbs. I sure that the way they process herbs in China is not as control as well as in the US. Good Luck in finding this spice. I do not have any other sources. In closing I paid $6.50 for the pound which is $2.50 more than what I paid for the same bag six months earlier.