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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Chinese Five Spice and its many variations

This packet is a gift from a good friend who now works in Beijing, China. It says "Ginger Poweder" but from what I can understand from the photo, it is more like what we came to know as Chinese Five Spice. I wonder why they did not name it so. I googled and found these suggestion on how to make your DIY spice combination. This is perfect for beef stews and beef soups and stocks. Here are the varied stuff I found and brace yourself as I will post the ingredients which were posted at the back of this luckily in English: It is not five only.

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon fennel seed, toasted and ground
1 teaspoon ground star anise
1 teaspoon szechuan peppercorns, toasted and ground


1 tsp. ground Szechwan pepper
1 tsp. ground star anise
1-1/4 tsp. ground fennel seeds
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground white pepper


Anise, Cinnamon, Star Anise, Cloves, Ginger


2 tablespoons ground star anise
2 tablespoons ground fennel seeds
2 teaspoons crushed cassia
2 teaspoons crushed Szechuan peppercorns
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


Combine ground star anise, ground fennel seeds, 
crushed cassia*, crushed Szechuan peppercorns, and ground cloves.


The packet above contains Aniseed, Chinese prickly ash*, Chinese Cinnamon, dry ginger,
anise, dried orange peel, strawberry.

*Please see the difference between cinnamon and cassia here.
*Chinese prickly ash is also known as Szechuan peppercorns.