One of the most popular spices in Asian kitchens is the Chinese five-spice powder. Learn how you can make it in your own kitchen using only 5 ingredients.
Do you have a cabinet full of spices too? We certainly have, even though we only try to buy "basic" spices. This essentially means that we sometimes mix some of our spices together to create some kind of special mix. Like a chinese five-spice powder. It's very easy, and we're going to show you how to create Chinese five-spices in this quick tutorial.
You'll notice that the Chinese five-spice powder is dominated by the flavor and aroma of the star anise. This is because star anise has such a strong scent. This powder is used in many, many Asian recipes. It happens to go very well with high-fat meat such as pork or duck. For example in our recipe for babi panggang. Just add some salt, and you'll have one of the best spice rubs for fatty meats. And --if you're a vegetarian-- you can spice up your vegetables by adding a few pinches of this powder to it while cooking. Or try a very easy and delicious homemade hoisin sauce. Enjoy!
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