In a nutshell: Great Taste 2018 1-star award. Harvested wild in northern Thailand, this extremely rare pepper will add some amazing mandarin flavour and bite to your Asian-style stir-fries, curries, noodles and salads.
This rare pepper grows wild in northern Thailand. Like its close relatives, Sichuan and Sansho peppers, it has a peppery and numbing effect on the tongue but also carries a powerful and delectable mandarin flavour. Our exclusive Mah Kwan pepper grows wild in the Mae Hong Son province of northern Thailand. Harvested in late autumn then sun dried for at least one week. Known as ma can in northern Thailand where they use it as a finishing pepper with Chang Mai-style curries, noodles and meat-based salads. Try crushing it with galangal,Thai basil, chilli, fish sauce and lemon grass as a base sauce or dip for your own Thai-style dishes.
About Épices de Cru
Épices de Cru began in 1982 as a catering partnership between Philippe and Ethné de Vienne. Their mission was a kind of “cooking pot anthropology:” learning the secrets of family cooking around the world and applying these techniques to the needs of hungry Montrealers. The secret, they learned, was spices. Over the last two decades, Philippe and Ethné have searched for the world’s best spices, accompanied by their children, Marika and Arik. The de Viennes believe in direct sourcing spices: visiting growing regions, spending time with growers, and developing personal relationships that last decades. In 2004, they officially opened their first spice shop in Montreal’s fantastic Jean Talon market– it’s since become a mecca for foodies from all over the world. I first visited in 2008 and have been buying and using their spices on a regular basis ever since that first exciting visit. They steadfastly maintain that they do nothing original, only facilitating the exchange of culinary common sense from one place to another. But, what they do is simply quite brilliant - by providing us with the finest quality ingredients, and their superb spice mixes, we can all experiment with unusual spices and recreate delicious recipes from around the world.