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Aug 3, 2009 11:52 AM

Chinese five-spice powder in MTL???

Hey all,

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!

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  1. 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.

    1. 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...

      1. 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 :)