SZECHUAN - GREENBROOK, NJ
I have been eating the authentic Szechuan Cuisine at Chengdu 1 Palace for almost 15 years. Its where I learned the term Ma La which translates to hot and numbing. The heat comes from ground chilis and chili oil and the numbing comes from the exotic Szechuan Peppercorn. The heat is present while your eating a dish however it doesn't linger in the way eating a Jalapeno or Habanero does. 5 minutes after eating, there is no sense of heat on your palette. The Szechuan Peppercorns offer up an aromatic flavor and a unique numbing effect not found in any other ingredient I know.
The dishes are comprised of minimal ingredients, respectfully combined with bold spices and oil based sauces. A culinary scenario that this chef really loves….a lot!