Fuchsia introduces what is arguably Sichuan’s most famous flavor, known as málà, or “numbing and spicy,” via a recipe for Boiled Beef in Fiery Sauce from her book, The Food of Sichuan. It features the enlivening combination of Sichuan peppercorns and dried red chili peppers that produce a wonderful tingling sensation. In the coming weeks, we’ll release more videos showcasing some of the other flavor profiles she prepared in our test kitchen, so stay tuned—Sichuan cooking may start with málà, but it absolutely doesn’t end there.

Full Story: https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/01/mala-sichuan-hot-and-numbing.html

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24 thoughts on “Fuchsia Dunlop & Sichuan Flavors: Málà (Numbing & Spicy) | Boiled Beef in Fiery Sauce | Serious Eats”

  1. "[T]he Sichuan flavor, dried chilies that are not overpoweringly hot, but have a lovely aromatic quality", and "[A] wonderful tingling sensation".

    This makes me smile. I have these chilies, and these descriptions that avoid the characterization of "hot" are baffling to me. If these aren't hot, I'd likely die from tasting the hot ones. 😬

  2. It's the small details that really make this video stand out. The way she holds her knife, the oil added to the marinated beef slices. For English speakers this is an amazing introduction to a classic Sichuanese dish.

    One quick note however: there's a translation error in the video; it should be 刀口辣椒. The Sichuanese pronunciation of 辣 (la4) does sound like 海 (hai3), to be fair.

  3. Fuchsia is amazing! Thank you Serious Eats for bringing those incredible flavors to light.

    Could you please let us know what is the liquid used for the broth? Just water and cornstarch, or some kind of a stock?


  4. Thank you very much! This video actually encouraged me to take a diferent approach to Asian cooking. Try a more authentic approach, which was very 'educational' for me. I enjoy this dish very much and tried different variantions of IT. Some are available on YouTube, but anyway … This video is extremely helpful in terms of explaining certain things to begginners. Thanks! ❤️

  5. Oh my god…..just discovered this channel via a comment on andongs channel. This cookbook is on my wish list in the meantime I can watch happy days

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