Recipes with 5 Spice Powder – Chinese Ingredient # 5

Five spice powder is a blend of 5 types of spices encompassing all the five flavors- namely sweet, sour, spicy, pungent and salty. These tastes are contributed by the spices in the powder.   The unique taste of this powder can liven up a boring dish. The usual spices are star anise, cloves, cinnamon, fennel…

Recipes with Forbidden rice – Chinese Ingredient # 1

The first ingredient to be unraveled is the Famous and mysterious Forbidden Rice. A mysterious name for an exotic rice to be precise..This black colored rice is of Chinese origin and comes from heirloom plants.The reason for it being termed ‘forbidden’ is that it was once consumed by the emperors as it was believed to…

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