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Chinese Five Spice

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Five Spice Monte Cristo


Chinese Five Spice is well rounded with sweet, pungent, and salty flavors. This is an extremely versatile mixture best suited to rice, vegetables, and virtually any type of stir fry, and often sweet treats too!

Chinese Five Spice

Five Spice Spring Rolls

Five Elements

While it's commonly believed that Chinese five-spice gets its name because it contains 5 spices, the number actually refers to the 5 elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. In traditional Chinese medicine, these elements manifest themselves in various parts of the human anatomy, and imbalances in these elements are said to be the cause of disease. 

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It is popular in Chinese cuisine, but is also used in other Asian cookery, and is probably most recognizable in the west as the main seasoning in Char Siu (Chinese barbecued pork).

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Highly aromatic Chinese five-spice powder enhances stir-fried vegetables, chicken, and especially fatty meats like pork and duck.

Five Spice Spring Roll

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Not too much!

Five-spice powder isn't hot, but it's very concentrated and should be
used in small quantities.

Five Spice Recipes

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