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Star Anise

Star anise is the dried fruit of a small to medium sized evergreen tree, which belongs to the magnolia family and grows up to 8m (26ft).

It is one of the spices used in the spice mix called Five-Spice and it is used in certain Chinese dishes such as red-cooked dishes where meats are slow-simmered as well as some Vietnamese and Malaysian recipes.

In the west it is traditionally used as a cheaper substitute for anise seeds in fruit compotes, jams and in baking although its wonderful flavour is now gaining favour in many savoury dishes, combining successfully with fish, poultry lamb and beef.

Native to China and Vietnam , today the star anise tree is mainly grown in China, and Japan although it is also cultivated in Laos, the Philippines, Indonesia and Jamaica.

Star anise has a powerful and liquorice-like aroma which is stronger than anise. Its flavour is reminiscent of a bitter aniseed albeit much more pungent and harsher.

While Chinese Star Anise is not itself toxic its near-identical similarity to Japanese star anise can lead to contamination in storage, resulting in cases of neurological problems in infants.

Relevant Recipes for Star Anise

Recipe Names

  1. Carrots With Star Anise
  2. Chicken Poached With Star Anise
  3. Ice Cream With Figs Poached In Port And Star Anise
  4. Poached Pears With Star Anise, Ginger And Lemongrass
  5. Pork Rib Chops With Sauteed Apple And Star Anise
  6. Roasted Eggplant Caviar 'Pancakes' With Star Anise Carrot Syrup And Gingered Beet Mash
  7. Spinach Basil Risotto Cake With Star-Anise Carrot Syrup
  8. Star Anise Blackberries With Lemon Sorbet
  9. Star Anise Ice Cream
  10. Star-Anise Carrot Syrup
  11. Tomato Soup With Star Anise

Recipe Ingredients

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  2. Anise Molasses Brisket Braised In A Wok
  3. Another Pointe's Glazed Smoked Pork Loin With Mango Chutney
  4. Apple, Pear, And Raspberry Stew With Oatmeal Dumplings
  5. Arctic Berry Chutney
  6. Aromatic Duck
  7. Asian Gravlax
  8. Asian Gravlox With Chayote Caviar Salad
  9. Asian Spicy Barbecue Chicken
  10. Baked Onion And Apple Soup
  11. Baked Smoke-Flavored Duck
  12. Baked Tilapia With Whole Spices
  13. Beef Noodle Soup
  14. Beggars Chicken (Hot Yee Gai)
  15. Best Roast Duck
  16. Bharwaan Dum Ki Raan
  17. Braised Beef Short Ribs With Ginger-Soy Glaze
  18. Braised Duck Tamales With Sour Cherry Mojo
  19. Braised Eight-Precious Duck
  20. Braised Short Ribs With Chinese Flavors
  21. Bunuelos Criollos
  22. Cabrales Stuffed Poached Pears - {Peras Cabrales}
  23. Carrots With Star Anise
  24. Charlie Trotter's Whole Roasted Figs With Goats' Cheese Ice
  25. Cheesecake Tart With Cranberries In Port Glaze
  26. Chicken Breast With A Citrus And Rum Glaze
  27. Chicken Cafreal
  28. Chicken Chettinad
  29. Chicken Poached With Star Anise
  30. China Moon Ten - Spice
  31. Chinese 5-Spice Powder
  32. Chinese Roast Duck
  33. Chinese-Style Pork Meatballs In Broth
  34. Chiu Chow-Style Ribs
  35. Chocolate-Caramel Tartlets, Roasted Bananas, Caramel
  36. Chorizo
  37. Citronelle Roasted Portabellos With Spinach
  38. Coconut-Crusted Tempeh
  39. Colorado Lamb Chops with an Herb Marinade, ....
  40. Corn And Crab Soup
  41. Country Apple Tart With Spiced Brown Butter
  42. Curried Vegetable Stew With Tamarind & Coconut Milk
  43. Duck Soup With Napa Cabbage
  44. Eight Spiced Crispy Skinned Snapper In A Thai Hot And Sour Broth
  45. Eight Treasures Lucky Duck
  46. Emerilized Banh Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)
  47. Exotic Fruit Soup
  48. Exotic Lime Syrup For Fresh Fruit Salad
  49. Fantasy Pork
  50. Five Spice Plum Sorbet
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