There is actually no actual recipe for 5-Spice powder, it does have to have the Star Anise and Cinnamon to work in more traditional recipes.
The other frequent ingredients used:
The theory if that no more than five spices, with the Star Anise and Cinnamon as the main flavors. Incidentally, I am not making this up from pure air, it is based upon information from a cookbook by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo
I'm feeling bearish, and I'm packing a Wusthof Grand Brisket slicer from MABA
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