Kimchi—The What Else—Star Anise

Star anise is another spice to look for on your journey through an Asian market or website. Star anise comes from the seed pod from the fruit of the Illicium verum plant, a small evergreen shrub which is native to Southwest China and northeast Vietnam. As far as shape, the star anise that comes fromContinue reading “Kimchi—The What Else—Star Anise”

Kimchi—What Else—Sichuan Pepper

Another item to look for when surfing Asian websites or walking through your nearest Asian market is Sichuan pepper. Let’s start off by talking about what Sichuan pepper is not… Sichuan pepper is NOT… a chile pepper at all actually from a pepper plant closely related to either black pepper or the chili pepper hotContinue reading “Kimchi—What Else—Sichuan Pepper”