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Homemade Chinese 5 Spice

Ummm. . . In my house we use rather a lot of five spice, getting through those tiny 65 gram Schwartz bottles in a couple of weeks. So I decided to make my own (photographs in the April photoblog) and collected the necessary ingredients from the Halhal Meat Centre.

  • Star Anise
  • Whole Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Fennel Seed
  • Pepper
  • (with salt, sugar, ginger powder, onion powder)

With 100g of the five main spices, costing about £5 total, I guessed quantities and gently dry roasted the mix in our massive karahi. This wasn't a great move as it made things slightly sticky, but made a good smell.

Transferring to my pestle and mortar, I broke the star anise down ready for the blender. I used a standard blade blender which just bout did the job, but left the mix with a variety of size grades. This was then sieved to filter off the finer grind with the chunky stuff left for marinading purposes.

My Meals

I really like to cook Chinese food, and have been doing so since I went to university. The following list forms part of my repertoire. I've since been to China and have learnt more dishes that aren't included here such as 'fish flavoured aubergine' and 'egg and tomatoes'.

Vegetable Dishes

Lemon and Black Pepper
Lemon Grass and Ginger
Yellow River Vegetables
Special Hot Vegetables
Spiced Bamboo Mix
Dark Soy Light
Rice Wine Steamed Vegetables
Shanghai Broccoli
Sweet Lemon and Lime Veg
Vegetable Foo Yung
Ginko Nut Pot
Traditional Black Bean
Cashew Vegetables
Chinese Broccoli
Chinese Lettuce

Mushroom Dishes

Oyster Mushroom Mix
Wild Mushrooms
Moldy Dark Soy
Dark Mushroom and Bean Sprout
Mushroom Foo Yung


Hot Mushroom Noodle Soup
Spicy Vermicelli Soup
Veggie Vermicelli
Vegetable Chow Mein
Mushroom Chow Mein
Chunky Noodle Vegetables
Funky Noodle Mushrooms

Bean Curd

Cashew Nut Roast
Spiced Tofu Veg
Bean Curd Fungi Mix
Bean Curd Vegetables