Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Five-spice powder

Five-spice powder is a seasoning in Chinese cuisine. It incorporates the five basic flavors of Chinese cooking — sweet, sour, , , and salty.
One common recipe includes Tung Hing , powdered cassia buds, powdered star anise and anise seed, ginger root, and ground cloves.
Another recipe for the powder consists of ''huajiao'' , ''bajiao'' , ''rougui'' , cloves, and fennel seeds. It is used in most recipes for roasted duck, as well as beef stew. It is also used as a marinade for Vietnamese broiled chicken. The five-spice powder mixture has followed the Chinese diaspora and has been incorporated into other national cuisines throughout Asia.

The formulae are based on the Chinese philosophy of balancing the in food.

Although this spice is used in restaurant cooking, many Chinese households do not use it in day-to-day cooking. In , some restaurants have it on the table.

A versatile seasoned salt can be easily made by stir-frying common with Five-spice powder under low heat in a dry pan until the spice and salt are well mixed.

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