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2008-06-25


Note from Ms. Yummylicious:
Price ranging below RM5/ packet.
Usually it is the size of a (MYR) 20cent coin/ star anise.

Note form Wiki:
Star anise, star aniseed, badiane or Chinese star anise, (Chinese: 八角, pinyin: bājiǎo, lit. "eight-horn") is a spice that closely resembles anise in flavor, obtained from the star-shaped pericarp of Illicium verum, a small native evergreen tree of southwest China. The star shaped fruits are harvested just before ripening. It is widely used in Chinese cuisine, in Indian cuisine where it is a major component of garam masala, and in Malay/Indonesian cuisine. It is widely grown for commercial use in China, India, and most other countries in Asia. Star anise is an ingredient of the traditional five-spice powder of Chinese cooking. It is also one of the ingredients used to make the broth for the Vietnamese noodle soup called phở. It is used as a spice in preparation of Biryani in Andhra Pradesh, a south Indian State.

Star anise contains anethole, the same ingredient which gives the unrelated anise its flavor. Recently, star anise has come into use in the West as a less expensive substitute for anise in baking as well as in liquor production, most distinctively in the production of the liquor Galliano. It is also used in the production of Sambuca, pastis, and many types of absinthe.
Star anise has been used in a tea as a remedy for colic and rheumatism, and the seeds are sometimes chewed after meals to aid digestion.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_anise

Recipe/s that use/s this item:
Braised Chicken Feet And Mushrooms

3 comments:

Jean-Luc Picard said...

That's a dish I haven't seen before.

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious said...

->jean-luc picard: hi there captain picard! do you mean this ingredient? I think it's hard to get at yr side that's why u havent seen this before. It's really pretty and some kids can use it as a craft for schoolwork too! :)

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