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Does a reasonable substitute for Chinese Five Spice powder exist? And if so, what would you recommend?

asked by cakeeatercooks about 6 years ago
7 answers 31979 views
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aargersi

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added about 6 years ago

it has cinnamon, anise, clove, ginger and fennel .... you could make your own or use a subset of those spices to your taste. You might also consider allspice and/or mace

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added about 6 years ago

aargersi is right but you might want to use star anise which is a little bit different from anise. Star anise is easily found at asian groceries.

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added about 6 years ago

I too have found allspice to be okay in a pinch. But be aware there are other five spice powders out there. Tunisian Five spice powder is also a great, if not exotic option.

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added about 6 years ago

I think it's got ground Sichuan peppercorns rather than ginger. Also available at some Asian markets and spice shops!

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added about 6 years ago

My boring supermarket stocks funny little tied bags of ground spices for pho broth in in their "ethnic" aisle. Comes in a little box not too far from the coconut milk. I think that might work for you.

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pierino

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added about 6 years ago

I'm with healthierkitchen on this, it does include Sichuan peppercorns, which of course can be as hard to find as Five Spice itself.

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added about 6 years ago

Penzey's has Sichuan peppercorns