It really depends on who you ask in China. Even in southern parts of China cinnamon is exchanged for dried mandarin peel. This 5 spice seasoning is mainly used as an ingredient for rubbing or marinade for pork or duck as it brings out their rich, naturally salty flavors. This Chinese spice powder is also well combined with garlic, onions, ginger and soy sauce. Traditionally used in Chinese cuisine, this Five Spice Powder is fantastic when added to any sauce or marinade. It is used for rubbing to accompany pork, poultry or seafood for a unique taste. Rub the spices into a duck or chicken before baking for a spicy-sweet taste.
As this mixture is very powerful, use sparingly or add to recipes as needed. If you add to a sauce, let the sauce simmer for 3-5 minutes to mix the flavors. For a more complex taste, let the Five Spice mixture cook for longer periods of time.