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Does anyone know what the little black pieces are in Hunan chicken?

asked by sgreen13 about 8 years ago

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monkeymom
added about 8 years ago

They could be crushed szechuan peppercorns.

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amreiskitchen
added about 8 years ago

I agree with monkeymom. Szechuan peppercorns are the husks that surround the seeds of the chinese prickly ash tree. Not really a peppercorn but they enhance the tingling sensation from hot spices and such. Hence their popularity in spicy Chinese foods.

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sgreen13
added about 8 years ago

Ahhh...they always seemed bean like to me so I avoided them. Thanks guys!

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