Profile: Most Chinese five spice powders are monotonous. They promise a balance of salty, sweet, and bitter, but generally deliver only star anise. That's not bad, but it's not what you wanted. It's like ordering a pizza and getting a box with a cheese wedge in it. This is a five. As promised.
Chinese five spice powder is made of five ingredients, with the fifth one always being up for debate. Star anise, cloves, fennel seeds, and cinnamon are mandatory. Then it gets tricky; either the fifth spice consists of black peppercorns or Sichuan peppercorns. It really depends on who you ask in China. Heck, even in Southern parts of China the cinnamon is switched out for dried tangerine peel.
So like most blends there are rules to its composition, but you only follow them if you want to and if you can agree on whose rules to follow.
This 5-spice seasoning is used mainly as a rub or marinade ingredient for pork or duck as it brings out their savory, naturally salty flavors. This Chinese seasoning powder also combines well with garlic, scallions, ginger, and soy sauce.
|Ingredients:||Anise seed, fennel, cinnamon, cloves, and black peppercorn.|
|Basic Prep:||This Five Spice Powder is great in any sauce or marinade. Used to flavor pork, poultry, or seafood rubs. Rub on roasted duck or chicken for a spicy-sweet flavor.|
|Shelf Life:||3 Years.|
|Ways To Use:||Use sparingly or add to recipes as needed. Allow 3-5 minutes for flavors to combine if adding to a sauce. Allow this Five Spice Powder to simmer longer for a more nuanced flavor.|
|Country of Origin:||Indian.|
|Handling / Storage:||Store in a cool, dry place.|
|Allergen Information:||None Specified.|
|Dietary Preferences:||All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO.|