Mac Khen
Mac Khen
Mac Khen
Mac Khen
Mac Khen
Sale price59 kr
Mac khen
Dien Bien
Nguyen Thi Vui
November 2022
Pickup available at The Pepper Quest Smakstudio Usually ready in 2-4 days

Mac Khen


The Pepper Quest Smakstudio

Pickup available, usually ready in 2-4 days

Regeringsgatan 82
111 39 Stockholm

Mac Khen is a cousin to Sichuan pepper and Batak Pepper in the plant genus Zanthoxylum. Commonly know as “Indian prickly ash”, zanthoxylum rhetsa has its very own electric flavour profile with fruity citrus aroma.

The taste reminds like a mix of mandarin, clementine and rooibos tea. Mac
Khen, an indispensable spice of ethnic groups in the northwestern region, especially the Muong people.

Our Mac Khen is from the
region of Hoa Binh in Northwestern Vietnam and are hand picked by Nguyen Thi Vui. We source this spice together with Doi Spices who work closely with local farmers in Vietnam generating new livelihoods and markets for these communities.

The plant is a medium-sized tree that can grow up to 15-20 meters tall. It has thorny branches and compound leaves with small leaflets. The bark of Zanthoxylum rhetsa is often used in traditional medicine for its medicinal properties.

It is native to South and Southeast Asia, including countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia.

We have come across Mac Khen in many places in Southeast Asia. In Thailand it is called Makwaen and used a lot it spices mixes for fried chicken and a must in Northern Laab Muang.
In Laos and Cambodia it is used to spice up freshwater fish and poultry.

In Hoa Binh the Muong love to use the spice with fish sauce, lime and fresh herbs. They dry rub mac khen with freshwater fish like tilapia, on wild boar and sour bamboo soup, a specialty in the region.

We are looking forward to make duck l’orange with loads of Lang Son Star Anise, Mac Khen and a small hint of Doi seeds.

Here are a few ways you can cook with Zanthoxylum rhetsa:
1. Dry Roasting: Dry roast the Zanthoxylum rhetsa berries or seeds in a pan over low heat until they become fragrant. This helps to release their flavors and aromas. Once roasted, you can grind them into a powder using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle.
2. Spice Blend: Ground Zanthoxylum rhetsa can be used as a key ingredient in spice blends. Combine it with other spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, and chili powder to create your own unique spice mix. Use this blend to season meats, vegetables, or even sprinkle it over roasted nuts for a flavorful snack.
3. Seasoning Meats: Rub a mixture of ground Zanthoxylum rhetsa, salt, and other spices onto meats such as chicken, fish, or lamb before grilling, baking, or frying. It imparts a distinctive citrusy and peppery flavor to the meat.
4. Pickling: Zanthoxylum rhetsa can be used in pickling recipes. Add a few whole berries or seeds to your pickling brine to infuse it with a tangy and slightly numbing flavor.
5. Flavoring Sauces and Soups: Add a few crushed Zanthoxylum rhetsa berries or seeds to sauces, marinades, or soups to impart a unique taste. The citrusy and peppery notes can add depth to your dishes.

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