It is hard to know how far back this 5 spice mix dates, it seems to have always been an essential part of Chinese cooking! The number 5 comes from the Chinese Zodiac which believes that the universe is composed of five elements: fire, earth, metal, water and wood.
This famous Chinese mix is a blend of Pepper, Fennel, Anise, Cinnamon, and Cloves using the methods of traditional Chinese medicine. It’s good for the whole body, from the heart to the digestive system! Whilst the basic 5 spices used are always the same, the proportions vary depending on the different regions, towns or families! No two mixes are quite the same. It is renowned for its sweet hot and intense flavour. This 5 spice mix is a huge favourite with the Chinese and the Vietnamese who use it on grilled meat and fish or in sweet and sour dishes.
Add it to soy sauce or fish sauce to make your own Asian-style marinades or mix it with coriander, chives or ginger.
It is simply delicious on white meat, fish, or vegetables!
Ingredients: Chinese Five spice, Five-spice powder