Chinese Five Spice
Chinese five-spice (wu xiang fen) is a mixture of wild black pepper, cassia, clove, fennel seed and star anise. Referred to as the Chinese bouquet garni, its combination of seasonings reflects the balance of yin and yang and five basic flavors in Chinese cooking: sweet, sour, bitter, hot and salty. Our Chinese Five-Spice is a deep brown-red powder with a sweetly pungent fragrance, predominantly from star anise. It’s spicy and tangy; use sparingly.