Chinese five-spice powder in MTL???
Wondering if anyone could offer some advice on where I could pick up the best/most authentic Chinese five-spice powder here in the city. I did a cursory search in Chinatown hoping to find some savory homemade blend in a one of the shops but couldn't come up with anything... Any suggestions (where to find and what the packaging might look like) would be greatly appreciated!
If you don't need industrial quantities and are willing to fork over the big bucks, Épices de cru's version, available at Olives & Épices at the Jean Talon Market, is excellent -- like all their blends, I must say. You'll have to grind it yourself, too, which, from an aroma/flavour standpoint, is all for the good.
And, if you have a recipe, it's fairly easy to make your own - the ingredients are readily available. Although I do love Olive & Epices version...
Those President's Choice individual grinders of Chinese five spice aren't truly authentic, but they're cheap and great for just quickly seasoning a stirfry or duck breast or whatever. That's probably not quite what you're looking for though :)