In this box you’ll find all the pantry essentials for recipes that have been in our own families for generations. Each ingredient comes in plentiful quantities in case you want to revisit or tweak our versions. As we continue releasing more recipes, you’ll gain an appreciation and skill for one of the most popular cuisines in the world. If you are a fan of heavy flavors and have an urge to challenge your taste buds, this Sichuan food is going to be quite the adventure for you.
The items in our Sichuan Recipe Box are staples in any Sichuan kitchen, but they can be very hard, or impossible, to find outside of China. The beauty of these items is that a little bit goes a long way, and they will remain a part of your kitchen long enough to make each of our four recipes multiple times.
Sichuan food represents one of the eight major Chinese cuisines and enjoys a celebrated reputation at home and abroad for its dedication to spiciness. It’s capital, Chengdu, was made a UNESCO city of gastronomy and deservedly so; even within China, over 30% of restaurants serve Sichuan cuisine making it one of the most popular Chinese flavors in China itself.
In addition to the ingredients that come in this box, you’ll need to provide the perishable ingredients for each recipe, in addition to kitchen staples like salt, oil, and soy sauce.
Free shipping is included anywhere in the lower 48 US States and everywhere in China (including HK, Macau, and Taiwan). Stay tuned for additional destinations.
* Depending on inventory availability, ingredient packaging may look slightly different than what’s pictured above.
Your box ingredients will make each of our recipes multiple times:
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Recipes included in this box come straight from our Lost Plate team in China, who grew up watching their parents make them and now make them for their own families. Each recipe is portioned to 2-4 servings and on the generous side…we are Lost Plate after all! We’ve also included a shopping list that covers literally all of the perishables that you will need, apart from salt, pepper, sugar, and cooking oil (not olive oil which has a low smoking point, but canola or soy is perfect).
At Lost Plate, we’re serious about food, and we’ve done all the work to make sure that what you’re getting is special. Here are a few reasons why you need to care about the ingredients you’re using:
Dan Dan Noodles: Many recipes online say that just about any wheat-based dried noodle will do. They’re lying, and they don’t care about you. Don’t bring spaghetti to a knife fight. In a dish as layered, nuanced, and close-to-the-heart as Dan Dan noodles, you can’t underscore such a central component of the dish. The texture of the noodles, the way it’s surface binds to the sauces, how it’s bite contrasts with the rest of the toppings- not something to mess about with.
Chinese Dark Vinegar is still very much a secret to the outside world. It’s notoriously hard to source outside China, one of those ingredients that you ask family or friends to bring back in their suitcases if they are traveling to the Motherland. This vinegar incorporates over 60 different ingredients for its medicinal and flavor properties, meaning it’s essentially impossible to substitute properly. Accept no alternatives.
Spicy Bean Chili Paste: It’s known as Dua Ban Jiang, and made of fermented Fava beans, aged for a year and up to 8, then spruced up with salt, chili, and sesame oil. It’s the unsung hero of Sichuan cuisine, and an essential part of this box-family. It’s even referred to as the soul of Sichuan cuisine. Even within China, households typically make their own with soy beans, and factories no longer observe the proper fermentation process. It takes an eye to find the flavor that’s *just* right. The most prized type of spicy bean paste is the Pixian paste with Fava beans and red chili oil. Pixian is a region in Sichuan with unique water sources and weather conditions, where beans are fermented under sunlight for over three years following ancient ancestral recipes. This is what we have included here for you. You’re welcome.
Sichuan Peppercorn: Many people are surprised to learn that Sichuan peppercorn isn’t really a pepper at all. It doesn’t come from the family of black peppercorns which come from India, nor is it related to chili peppers (genus Capsicum) from central America. It is the seed pod of the short Prickly Ash tree, and sought after for a protein that hijacks and tricks the nerve endings on your tongue. It’s not hot at all, and actually faintly smells of citrus. Before hot chilies were brought to China from the New World, peppercorns were used to give a mild heat to dishes. As the availability of blind, raw hellfire spice increased in China, it actually increased the usage of the numbing Sichuan peppercorns as a balancing element, which allows you to appreciate the flavor of the chili.
Can I buy more than one box at the same time and/or send boxes to different addresses? Yes! You have the option to buy as many boxes as you like. However, you can only enter one shipping address per transaction. So if you would like to send boxes to different addresses, you will need to purchase each box separately.
Can I send this as a gift? Of course, we definitely recommend sending this to the Chinese food lovers that you know! At checkout, you will be able to specify a gift option and can even include a personalized note to the recipient.
Where do you deliver? We ship to the continental US via USPS, plus anywhere in China including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Unfortunately we cannot ship to Hawaii, Alaska, or other international locations at this time.
When will I get my order? We ship from Portland, OR using standard USPS. Typically all orders will be processed and shipped within 5-7 business days.
Can I return or exchange something? Unfortunately, no. Each item is hand selected by us and we truly believe you will be satisfied with all products. But we are unable to offer refunds, exchanges, or returns.
Will my box have the exact items listed? Typically, yes! However, there may be slight variations depending on product availability. If we do have to make a similar substitution, we promise it will be just as delicious!
What if the contents of my box are damaged/broken upon arrival? We do our best to pack all items tightly and securely, but sometimes things happen during shipping. Please contact us right away and we’ll make sure to replace the damaged item(s) as quickly as possible.