WHAT SPICES ARE IN CHINESE 5 SPICE?
A typical Chinese 5 Spice mix includes cinnamon, fennel seeds, star anise, Szechuan peppercorns and cloves. Other combinations are seen in other South East Asian cuisine.
This blend is fat, gluten and dairy free, plus vegan and vegetarian so it can be used universally in any suitable recipe preparation.
Other combinations of spices are used regionally particularly in Southern China and Vietnam. Typically they could include ginger root, nutmeg, turmeric, cardamom pods, liquorice and Mandarin orange peel. As such, these combinations create a subtly different flavour from the traditional Chinese 5 Spice mix.