Field Notes

Tien Tsin Chili Pepper

Name: Tien Tsin

Flavor: Dry, grassy, tart

Heat: Medium

Long and thin with bright red brittle skin, tien tsin chiles are a cornerstone ingredient of Chinese home cooking, and is usually coupled with Sichuan peppercorns to provide the characteristic ma la (hot and numbing) flavor profile that the region’s food is famous for.

Tien Tsins are sold dried in both whole and ground forms, and make a great base for Chinese-style chile oil. We also love to leave them whole in stir fries and wok-cooked dishes.