In a nutshell: This surprising and rare wild Indonesian pepper is characterized by intense lime and mandarin flavours and is ideal with fish, seafood and poultry dishes.
This surprising and rare wild Indonesian pepper has a wonderful lemon flavour and is ideal with fish, seafood and poultry dishes. Andaliman is a distant relative of the Sichuan pepper and is characterized by intense lime and mandarin flavours. For centuries, the Bataks of North Sumatra have cultivated Andaliman as their staple pepper used in much the same way that we use black pepper everyday in the West. An ideal table condiment, it also marries well with meat dishes. It is less numbing than Sichuan pepper and it pairs well with chillies for table salsas and curries. It can also be used whole in simmered recipes and sauces. The Bataks mix Andaliman with galangal, turmeric, garlic, ginger, kaffir lime leaves, shallots, lemon grass and chillies to season poultry, pork and fish dishes. Try Andaliman Wild Pepper in arsik, an Indonesian fish dish.
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.