Star anise: the star of spices

By admin
29 November 2013

Star anise is extremely versatile and can be used in both savoury and sweet dishes. Here are three ways to use it.

Normally referred to as a spice, many people don’t really know that star anise is actually a fruit. The star-shaped spice is common in Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian cooking.

Marinade:

For a tasty marinade, combine and mix ½ cup (175 g) honey, ½ cup (125 ml) oyster sauce, 3 crushed cloves of garlic, dried chilli flakes, 6 star anise and 1 teaspoon of sea salt flakes. Use to coat pork ribs and place in the fridge to marinate for 1 hour before cooking.

In a broth:

Make a delicious Asian soup by using 1 litre chicken stock, ? cup (80 ml) soy sauce, 2 star anise and sliced ginger before adding your vegetables.

To infuse:

Add an exotic twist to creamy desserts such as a panna cotta, crème brûlée or a rice pudding. Simple add star anise to the cream when it’s being heated.

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