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Star Anise

Star anise is the spice with the funny name that I have come to enjoy using in a variety of different cuisines. From a variety of Asian dishes, to American and Italian inspired cuisine, I have found it to provide a strong licorice flavor to anything I add it to. Recently I added it to Hong Kong-Style Tomato Sauce Pork, to accentuate the complexity of flavors in the sauce, and it was wonderful. I like to fry the star anise in oil along with my trinity of onion, garlic and chili peppers. Here is a list of my star anise uses so far:

Taiwanese Braised Pork

Braised Fragrant Beef Curry

Vietnamese Style Beef Stew

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich (or any BBQ meal)

Sichuan Beef Noodle Soup

I also use it in my Italian Pork Ragu, Sichuan Hot Chili Oil, Malaysian Chicken Coconut Curry and Hong Kong Style Tomato Pork.  Recipes soon to come.  I hear there exists Anise cookies and Anise gelato as well. I can't wait to give them a try!