Old Sichuan’s Mala Hot Pot, Spicy and Numb!

Sichuan (四川), more commonly known as Szechuan in the Western world, is a province in China.  Mala is a very popular Szechuan sauce or style of food from there.  The direct translation of Mala actually describes the taste almost perfectly: Ma = Numb, La = Spicy.  (However, I said almost perfectly because it left out that the taste is what I describe as magical!)  The numbness actually comes from the Chinese peppercorn in the Mala sauce.

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