Sichuan sauce

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Sichuan sauce, originating from the Sichuan province of China, is renowned for its bold flavors, characterized by a harmonious blend of spicy, sweet, and savory. This versatile sauce is a staple in Sichuan cuisine, which is famous for its depth of flavor and liberal use of garlic and chili peppers. The sauce often accompanies dishes like stir-fries, noodles, and dumplings, enhancing them with its distinctive mala (numbing and spicy) profile. The Sichuan sauce we know today has evolved over centuries, influenced by both local traditions and international adaptations, such as the famed McDonald’s Sichuan sauce, which gained popularity in the West.

Serves: +10
  • Chili oil 60 g
  • Sichuan peppercorns 10 g
  • Garlic 30 g
  • Ginger 20 g
  • Soy sauce 50 g
  • Black vinegar 30 g
  • Sugar 25 g
  • Sesame oil 15 g
  • Chicken stock or water 100 g
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  • Heat the chili oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the ground Sichuan peppercorns, and stir for about 1 minute to release their fragrant aroma.
  • Add the minced garlic and ginger to the pan. Stir continuously for 2 minutes until they are soft but not browned.
  • In the pan, mix in the soy sauce, black vinegar, and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Pour in the chicken stock or water and bring the mixture to a simmer. Let it cook for about 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  • Remove the pan from heat and stir in the sesame oil for an added layer of flavor.
  • Let the sauce cool to room temperature before serving. It can be used immediately or stored for later use.

Storage Tips

Store the Sichuan sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. For longer storage, you can freeze the sauce in ice cube trays and transfer the frozen cubes to a freezer bag, keeping them for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before use.

Useful Properties of the Main Ingredient

Chili oil, one of the main ingredients in Sichuan sauce, is rich in capsaicin, known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can also boost metabolism and promote heart health. Additionally, Sichuan peppercorns contain antioxidants and may help improve digestion.

Interesting Facts about the Sauce

  • Global Popularity: Sichuan sauce gained international fame in part due to a promotion by McDonald’s for the animated series “Rick and Morty.” This led to a viral sensation, with fans petitioning for its return.
  • Culinary Versatility: Beyond Sichuan cuisine, this sauce has been adapted into various dishes around the world, showcasing its global appeal and versatility.
  • Cultural Heritage: Sichuan sauce embodies the culinary spirit of Sichuan Province, known as the “Heavenly Country” due to its abundance of food and natural resources.

The Taste of Sichuan Sauce

The hallmark of Sichuan sauce is its complex flavor profile that balances the heat from chili oil and Sichuan peppercorns with the tanginess of black vinegar, the umami of soy sauce, and a hint of sweetness from sugar. This combination creates a deeply satisfying sauce that tingles the palate, offering a unique taste experience that is spicy, numbing, and aromatic all at once.

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