I’ve always been a huge fan of Chinese Five Spice. The aroma and flavor is magic.
But as wonderful as Chinese Five-Spice is (with its combination of star anise, clove, canela, fennel, and Sichuan peppercorn), Chinese Ten-Spice is even more evocative with a breadth and depth of flavor that’s difficult to describe and easy to love.
The addition of two decidedly savory elements—cumin and black peppercorn–give it a distinguishable complexity. Coriander adds an elusive lemon note. Allspice adds a nutmeg note (in addition to cinnamon and clove). And anise adds an additional licorice note.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about this spice blend is how well it compliments both sweet and savory dishes. It’s heavenly with pork for instance. And I love it with chocolate.
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LunaCafe Chinese Five-Spice Recipes
- Blackberry Lime Syrup with Star Anise
- Chinese Cracker Jacks
- Heavenly Hot Chocolate Mix–with Seven Variations
- Silver Bells (Chinese Five Spice Butter Cookies)
More LunaCafe Spice Blends
- Chinese Five Spice
- Garam Masala
- Mejadra Spice
- Ras el Hanout
- Smokin’ Hot Cajun Spice
- Warm Winter Spice
Hi Susan, The spice blend looks beautiful….I can almost smell it! Just wondering though, why only 9 ingredients but called Chinese ten-spice.
Susan S. Bradley
Margaret, great catch, thank you! The 10th spice, anise, was missing. The post is now corrected. 🙂
What a wonderful idea to make your own! So much better.