Ingredients: Star Anise, Cloves, Cinnamon, Fennel seed, Szechuan Peppercorns
OUR FAVORITE SPICE FOR ANY CHINESE OR SZECHUAN DISH! IT'S ALSO A GREAT SPICE IN MARINADES AND FOR BARBECUING!
Chinese Secret Seasoning is a spice blend that its exact origins are unknown. There are many who believe that this mixture was originally created to become the perfect spice blend as it incorporates the five base flavors of Chinese cooking - sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory. The thought is that this is the Chinese way to incorporating the ying with the yang in cooking as the heat of a dish is balanced by a corresponding cooling ingredient. Of course it’s also entirely possible that is was accidentally stumbled upon by a cook who then recognized its ability to invigorate even the blandest dish. No matter which story is more accurate there is little doubt that Chinese Five Spice is uncommon.
Secret Spice really shines with fatty meats such as duck, goose or pork. We also like to use it as a spice rub for chicken, duck, pork and seafood or in red cooking recipes (also known as flavor potting). Secret Spice is popular in several Cantonese recipes for beef stew or roasted duck as well as being used as a marinade for Vietnamese broiled chicken.
It’s often used in a technique called “red cooking” or “flavor potting”. Flavor potting refers to a technique of stewing foods (especially inexpensive, fatty cuts of beef, chicken or pork) in a spicy, flavorful sauce for a very long time (typically 4 or 5 hours). This slow cooking method allows the sauce to steep into the meat, tenderizing it and infusing it with great flavor.
A very versatile spice seasoning blend, Secret Spice can be used in marinades for chicken, fish or seafood. It’s also amazing when combined with rice, vegetables and just about any meat to make a quick tasty stir fry. We’ve even had one of our customers use it as a secret ingredient in their BBQ recipes!
Most Chinese home kitchens do not use this seasoning on a day-to-day basis and it seems to be more popular in restaurants. In Hawaii, some restaurants have a shaker of this sitting next to the salt and pepper on each table.
Chinese Secret Spice is dominated by the aroma and licorice flavor of star anise and you’ll also pick up the sweet notes of cloves and cinnamon followed by the bite of Szechuan Peppercorns, all married together with ground fennel. Some recipes for Chinese Secret Spice call for the ingredients in equal amounts while others give greater weight to one or two of the spices to feature a different flavor profile.
Highly aromatic, Chinese Secret Spice isn’t necessarily hot but is quite concentrated, so use it in small quantities. You can always add to a dish if you feel that it needs more seasoning.
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