Definition of five-spice in US English:


(also five-spice powder)


  • A blend of five powdered spices, typically fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and peppercorns, used in Chinese cuisine.

    • ‘A snow-white baby chicken we sampled was lacquered red with Malaysian soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine, and five-spice powder.’
    • ‘On the platter is Twice-cooked lamb chops flavoured with five-spice powder and stir-fried mushrooms and baby corn.’
    • ‘Rub the salt, pepper and five-spice powder into the skin.’
    • ‘The meat was tender and sweet, flavoured with five-spice.’
    • ‘Here's the first one I tried - a simple dish of salmon rubbed with five-spice, that amazing Chinese spice blend.’



/faɪv spaɪs/