FIVE SPICE POWDER
All of the five flavors – sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, and salty – are found in five-spice powder.
With the sweet tones of star anise, cloves and cinnamon with the bite of Szechwan pepper, all married together with ground fennel seeds. Add it whenever you want to lend flavor to stir-fries, soups and red-cooked dishes. It works well with meats, and makes an excellent marinade. It is used for duck, pork and seafood, , or added to the breading for fried foods.
Recipe for Homemade Five Spice Powder
Blend the following ground spices:
1 1/2 tbsp star anise
2 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pimento pepper
1/2 tsp cloves
optional: 1/2 teaspoon white pepper and/or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger.
Both will give added bite and depth of flavor. ENJOY!