In the pantry: Five spice

As the name suggests, five spice does have five spices. It’s often a blend of ground star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, and fennel seed, but it could also include turmeric, nutmeg, or ground ginger. While it’s a combination of all, the star anise aroma dominates quite a lot of the flavour, but the fennel seed and the earthiness of the cinnamon softens it. It’s … Continue reading In the pantry: Five spice

Around the world: Teo Chew

Teo Chew, otherwise referred to as Chiu Chow, is an ancient Chinese dialect that originated from the eastern region of the Guangdong province of China. It’s a common dialect spoken by people with Chinese descent in Southeast Asia including Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. While it may not have its own country to claim, Teo Chew cuisine is just as distinctive as the language. … Continue reading Around the world: Teo Chew