The most unique and important spice in Szechuan Cuisine is the Szechuan pepper,or Szechuan Peppercorn.
Szechuan pepper has an intense fragrant, citrus-like flavor and produces a "tingly-numbing" (麻; má) sensation in the mouth.
About Szechuan/Sichuan Cuisine
In all Szechuan cuisine, there is a common pepper used called the Szechuan Pepper. In this Szechuan pepper there is a flavor called “Má-La” (麻辣) that creates a unique spicy and numbing feeling. Szechuan pepper contains many different minerals, antioxidants, and nutrients that the body requires to properly function. Some of the most important components include potassium, vitamin A, iron, manganese, zinc, copper, and phosphorous. This is in addition to a wide variety of phytosterols, terpenes, and carotenes.
Some health benefits of Szechuan Pepper include: stimulate circulation, reduce pain, improve immunity, aid in appetite, strengthen the bones, eliminate inflammation, prevent chronic diseases, protect the stomach, lower blood pressure.
Chongqing noodles are referred to as Xiao Mian (小面） in Chinese, which means "little noodles" in English. The term "Chongqing noodles" originated from Chongqing. Xiao Mian noodles are typically prepared using wheat. There are two main types of xiao mian dishes: noodles with soup and noodles without soup. Chongqing noodle dishes are typically spicy because it is prepared using a variety of spices, seasonings, and sauces. Szechuan pepper is often used in the dish's preparation. Myriad meats and vegetables are also used in its preparation. Various garnishes and condiments, like spring onions and chili oil, are also used. At Kung Fu 12 Szechuan, our authentic, notable, and healthy Szechuan cuisine offers outstanding flavors to satisfy our customers.