What is five spice?
i have a recipe that is calling for five spice but i have no clue what it is
- Five-spice powder is a convenient seasoning in Chinese cuisine. It incorporates the five basic flavors of Chinese cooking — sweet, sour, bitter, savory, and salty. It consists of China Tung Hing cinnamon (actually a type of cassia), powdered cassia buds, powdered star anise and anise seed, ginger root, and ground cloves. Another recipe for the powder consists of huajiao (Szechuan pepper), bajiao (star anise), rougui (cassia), cloves, and fennel seeds. It is used in most recipes for Cantonese roasted duck, as well as beef stew. The Five Spice Powder mixture has followed the Chinese diaspora and has been incorporated into national cuisines throughout Asia.00
- You can buy it at supermarket chinese section, has a cinnamon base. personally don't like it00
- It's Chinese Five Spice powder--a spice blend combining the five "flavours", sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and salty. It usually contains star anise, cloves, fennel, cinnamon, and Szechwan pepper.
You should be able to it pick up wherever you buy your spices, but if you want to make it at home, there are recipes here:
- Five-spice powder
Five-spice powder is a convenient seasoning in Chinese cuisine.
It incorporates the five basic flavors of Chinese cooking — sweet, sour, bitter, savory, and salty.
It consists of China Tung Hing cinnamon (actually a type of cassia), powdered cassia buds, powdered star anise and anise seed, ginger root, and ground cloves.
Another recipe for the powder consists of huajiao (Szechuan pepper), bajiao (star anise), rougui (cassia), cloves, and fennel seeds.
It is used in most recipes for Cantonese roasted duck, as well as beef stew.
The Five Spice Powder mixture has followed the Chinese diaspora and has been incorporated into national cuisines throughout Asia.
The formulae are based on the Chinese philosophy of balancing the yin and yang in food.
A pinch of the powder goes a long way.
Although this spice is used in restaurant cooking, many Chinese households never use it in day-to-day cooking. In Hawaii some restaurants have it on the table.
A versatile seasoned salt can be easily made by stir-frying common salt with five spice powder under low heat in a dry pan until the spice and salt are well mixed.
Five Spice Blend
4 tablespoons Szechuan peppers (or you can substitute other peppercorns)
4 tablespoons whole cloves
4 tablespoons broken cinnamon sticks
4 tablespoons fennel seed
12 whole star anise
Grind each ingredient separately in a spice mill or mortar. Combine and mix well. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
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- I only know 3 ingrediants off hand star anise, and hemp seeds and pepper00
- its a chinese spice, u can find it in supermarkets in the spice section where the salt pepper etc are.00
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- Five spice is a Chinese concoction that includes sour, bitter, sweet, pungent and salty. It can be made at home or purchased in a bottle form at the store.
How To Make Five-Spice Powder yourself from http://chinesefood.about.com/library/wee... :
"From Rhonda Parkinson, Five-spice powder encompasses all five flavors - sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and salty. This recipe is reprinted with permission from Raphael Meyer, American Kashrus Services.
Time Required: 15 minutes
In a dry skillet, roast 2 teaspoons of Szechuan peppercorns by shaking the pan over low to medium heat until the aroma of the peppercorns is released (about three minutes).
Grind the roasted peppercorns and 8 star anise in a blender or pepper mill.
Strain the blended seasonings.
Mix in 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon ground fennel seeds.
Grind the seasonings until very fine.
Store in an airtight container.
Use five-spice powder sparingly, as it can be quite pungent.
If desired, you can substitute black peppercorns for the Szechuan peppercorn, and ground anise for the star anise (use 4 teaspoons of ground anise).
What You Need:
Blender or a Spice Mill
*Bottled five-spice powder can often be found at local supermarkets. However, if at all possible, I would recommend purchasing it from an Asian market. You'll pay less and the spice mixture will be more authentic. An added advantage is that it is frequently packaged in plastic bags, allowing the aroma to come through and giving you a chance to compare brands before buying. At home, remove from the bag and store in a dry place in a sealed jar."00
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