Flavor Profile: dominated by the aroma and licorice flavor of star anise with sweet notes of cloves and cinnamon followed by the bite of Sichuan pepper
Chinese Five Spice is a spice blend that its exact origins are unknown. There are many who believe that this mixture was originally created to become the perfect spice blend as it incorporates the five base flavors of Chinese cooking – sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory. The thought is that this is the Chinese way to incorporating the ying with the yang in cooking as the heat of a dish is balanced by a corresponding cooling ingredient. Of course it’s also entirely possible that is was accidentally stumbled upon by a cook who then recognized its ability to invigorate even the blandest dish. No matter which story is more accurate there is little doubt that Chinese Five Spice is uncommon.
Be wary of lesser quality Five Spice blends that use black pepper or anise seed instead of Sichuan peppercorns and star anise. These are often substituted as they are less expensive while the flavor is not nearly as authentic or robust as this top quality Chinese Five Spice blend.
1/2 cup | 2.4 oz
Ingredients:hand blended from ground star anise, cloves, fennel, cinnamon, and Sichuan peppercorns