Open a jar of star anise and you're immediately transported to the heart of Chinatown, where the shops seem to be permeated with its exotic aroma.
The star shape is the pod and the tiny seeds nestle inside each star petal. It is usually used whole, like cardamom pods, and always looks very pretty. Its flavour faintly resembles aniseed but with warm, spicy overtones.
Although this is described as a casserole, it actually cooks in no time at all, producing a depth of flavour that's quite irresistible.
This is one of the most popular recipes on the site and is packed with flavour, lifting a simple chicken recipe into the realm of something really special (and easy).
Perfect for Chinese New Year, you won’t believe how easy this is and how wonderful it tastes. You don’t have to eat the skin on the pork, but its gelatinous properties are very important to the flavour of the finished dish.