You didn’t know how much you loved it until now
If you like liquorice, you will definitely love star anise. If you don’t like liquorice then you will learn how to love star anise. It contains the very potent flavour of aniseed, which is probably more marmite than marmite. If you don’t know how to use it then it can ruin a dish, but in the right balance it adds a lovely sweet and spicy flavour that compliments the flavour of chillies and peppers very nicely.
Even if you don’t think you’ve had star anise before, you may well have come across it if you’ve tried Vietnamese Pho. It is also one of the five spices that makes up five spice.
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