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Star anise 八角 (bā jiǎo)

This small star-shaped spice (the Chinese name literally means “eight corners”) has a flavor similar to fennel seed. It is sometimes called whole star anise and should not be confused with aniseed. Find it in its whole star form or ground into a powder in the spice section at most supermarkets or at Asian grocery stores.

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I use star anise all the time with my lamb recipes.Well done to you, hope more achievement to you. If you are actually conscious about your health and want to keep yourself fit and healthy than keep in mind that good health absolutely begins from a healthy mouth.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlamb shanks recipes

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