Asian Spices

Asian Spices
asem candis
This is a souring agent used in Indonesia. It's very hard to find
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basil seed, sweet basil seed
basil seed
Look for it in Southeast Asian markets.
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black sesame seeds
black sesame seeds
Look for this in Asian markets
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long pepper, Indian long pepper
long pepper
Look for this in Indian or Southeast Asian markets. The seeds come in clumps that look like tiny pine cones.
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star anise, anise, badian, Chinese anise, Chinese star anise, whole anise
star anise
Asian cooks use star anise to give a licorice flavor to savory dishes, particularly those with pork and poultry. It's available whole or ground. Use it sparingly--a little goes a long way.
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Szechwan peppercorn, anise pepper, brown peppercorn, Chinese aromatic pepper
Szechwan peppercorn
These aren't true peppercorns, but rather dried flower buds. You're most likely to encounter them as part of a mixture, like the Chinese five-spice powder or the Japanese shichimi togarashi. Toast Szechwan peppercorns briefly in a hot pan before using.
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