Chinese Five Spice Powder
Chinese Five Spice Powder is a Salt Free blend of traditional Oriental spices used in Chinese cooking. A blend of Anise Seed, Fennel, Cinnamon, Cloves, Black Pepper, the blending of these spices offers a sweet, savory, and pungent flavor. This spice blend should be cooked for a relatively long amount of time in order to bring out the complex flavors. In ancient Chinese lore, the universe is composed of five elements wood, metal, water, fire and earth. The ingredients of Five Spice Powder represent the five elements of the earth, creating a harmonious blend. Just as the elements of the universe were carefully balanced, so too did the elements of civil life have to be harmonized. In the preparation of food especially, the proper five fold relationships had to be created and maintained.
A staple in Chinese Kitchens, use it in sauces, marinades and rubs for seafood, pork and poultry. Rub on chicken or duck before roasting to add a spicy-sweet flavor.
If you have not used it before, we have a Chinese Five Spice Chicken Recipe and a Chinese Five Spice Shrimp and Pasta Recipe. If you want to explore another traditional Asian spice found in many recipes, take a look at our Sichuan Peppercorns. Spicy, peppery and so good.
Ingredients: Anise Seed, Fennel, Cinnamon, Cloves, Black Pepper.