Xiao Bao Biscuit Goes Sichuanese For Chinese New Year

Charleston is notably short on Lunar New Year events – best as I can tell, the nearest Lion Dance is set to unfold 92 miles away – but Xiao Bao Biscuit is marking the holiday with an all-Sichuan menu.

The Xiao Bao crew recently returned from Asia with a stash of hua jiao, or Northern Chinese peppercorns, gifted to them by a restaurant owner who was awed by their respect for traditional cuisine. The fragrant, floral peppers, which tickle the tongue until it’s mildly numb, will form the backbone of the Jan. 31 line-up.

Chef Josh Walker describes the peppercorns as “amazing.”