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Five-Spice Brown Rice with Almonds

Chinese five-spice powder is a fragrant combination of ground cloves, star anise, fennel seed, Sichuan peppercorns, and cinnamon. In some versions, cumin and ginger can also be included. Here, the spices warm chewy, tender brown rice, in combination with the flavors of garlic, ginger, sesame, rice wine, and almonds, to create a tasty side dish for pork, chicken, or fish. This rice also blends well with roasted vegetables as a vegetarian main dish.

Ingredients

Serves
8 to 10
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon Asian toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese rice wine (Shaoxing) or dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 ounces Glace de Poulet Gold® or Veggie-Stock Gold® dissolved in 4 cups hot water
  • Splash of soy sauce
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Methods/steps

  1. Warm the oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onions and sauté until they are translucent, about 5-7 minutes.  Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute.
  2. Add the rice, five-spice powder, sesame oil, rice wine, salt, and dissolved Glace de Poulet Gold® or Veggie-Stock Gold®.  Stir to combine the ingredients and increase the heat to medium-high to bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for 40 minutes, until the rice is tender.
  3. When the rice is done, season to taste with a splash of soy sauce, and stir in half of the almonds.  Serve the rice with the other half of the almonds sprinkled on top.

Additional Tips

You can find Chinese five-spice powder at many supermarkets, specialty food stores, and Asian markets.

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