Chinese cuisine, whether cooking Mandarin, Szechuan, or Cantonese dishes, all follow the same basic principal of umami, a savory taste often described as brothy or meaty. Chinese dishes all incorporate the same core ingredients of garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, mirin, miso, toasted sesames and chiles. In these dishes, heat and umami are king. While chilies are extremely important, Chinese cuisine is about much more than spiciness- it is all about flavor variety. Try our freshly ground Szechuan peppercorn five spice or shiitake powder blend, plus get inspired with plenty of Chinese recipes!