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Apr 20, 2005 08:19 AM

ISO interesting uses for chinese five spice powder?

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I have never cooked with Chinese five spice mix, but I want to buy some to try an interesting biscuit recipe I've found. But the recipe only needs a tablespoon of spice, so can anyone suggest what to do with the rest?

I'm sure I could use it to rub chickens before cooking, but the unusual cookie/spice combo got me wondering if there aren't any more creative ways to use it? Thanks...


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  1. Use it especially on pork roasts.

    1. Buy some, a good quality one like Penzeys. The supermarket ones are lousy. Then play with it.

      I've used it in beef stews and pot roasts. Also with pork dishes and roast pork. And on chicken.

      1. You can mix with an oil (plain or sesame or garlic or ??) and mix with almonds, then roast the almonds. Use almonds as appie nosh or in salads or crushed in vegetables or to encrust a piece of halibut.

        "Chinese Five Spice Powder
        Originating in China, this spice mix combines equal parts ground cinnamon, fennel, star anise, cloves, and Szechwan pepper. It is often used in meat marinades and as a spice in barbequing. Mixed with ground salt, it makes a dip for deep-fried Chinese foods."

        Also, mix it into hot tea, add some honey, maybe some apple juice, and chill in refrigerator for a spicy beverage. That beverage is good with bbq.

        Or, cut op disks or fresh pineapple, rub with 5-spice and grill. Top with green tea ice cream or even just vanilla (which is sweeter) for a nice dessert.

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        1. re: kc girl

          Reading a post below gave me an idea:

          Use with coconut milk in a sauce or ice cream. Sorry, I don't have a recipe for that. Maybe use it in amounts likened to cinnamon in a recipe? And consider a variation on the Thai recipe for Tom Kha Kai soup using the 5-spice in place of other seasonings.

          Just a thought.

        2. It's also good in apple pie, in place of the usual spices.

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          1. re: James

            ....and it is great in homemade chorizo, if you are of the sausage-making persuasion.

          2. My father uses it as a partial substitute for cinnamon in his Bananas Foster version, the infamous Bananas Alvin.

            They're infamous because you really need to use a saucepan with a firmly affixed handle if you are going to flame the sauce at the table and pour the still-flaming sauce over the bananas and ice cream. The dining room table still has a small burn mark. It was the age of polyester and we're just happy he didn't set any of the guests on fire.