I think Sichuan peppers are absolutely awesome. The first time I had them in a dish, I didn’t like the heat and numbness on my tongue. It was on my second dish that I learned to like the sensation. It wasn’t long before I learned to love Huājiāo. The endorphin rush that comes with turning flush in the face is incredible. I’m really going to miss hot pot.
That’s why I was excited to try numbing spice flavoured chips, especially when they’re advertised as “Intense & Stimulating.” My assessment is that they weren’t anywhere near spicy enough.