Chinese 5 spice

The Chinese philosophy of balancing the yin and yang manifests itself in the wonderfully aromatic five-spice powder. This spice mix captures the sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and salty flavors in Chinese and Asian cuisine in general.  There are many variants of this spice mix. The most common mix contains star anise, cloves, cinnamon, szechuan peppercorns and fennel seeds. Other variants may use ginger, anise seed or white pepper.  You can make your own five-spice powder or purchase at your local grocery stores. The individual spices that make up this spice mix have amazing cur..

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