5-Spice Beef & Vegetable Stir-Fry
5-spice is a Chinese or Taiwanese spice mix used to flavour many dishes. It can be used as a spice rub for meat and fish, or as a base for a marinade. As the name suggests, it is made up of 5 spices, most commonly, star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and fennel. This combination includes all five flavours, sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami. When cooking with it the smell is amazing! And it lingers around the house for ages after. You can make your own, but I cheat and buy it ready made. It is great for when you want to pack a lot of flavour in to a dish but don’t have time or energy to do a lot of work.