Asian 5 Spice Rice recipe is perfect as a side dish or main. It overflows with flavor and textures and it’s perfect as a side dish or a meal. You make it as spicy as you want. Toss in some chicken for another option.
You know how I love going through old recipes. I was given my mother-in-law’s recipe box when they moved to an Independent living facility, and my mother recently gave me my grandmother and her recipe boxes. One of the recent recipes inspired this Asian 5 Spice Rice recipe.
Most of the recipes in my mother-in-law’s box are typed up, in categories, and displayed in a hand carved box that my father-in-law made. The boxes from my grandmother and mother look vintage army. They are metal, dented and most of the recipes are scribbled in pencil on the back of bank checks or thumb sized scratch paper. I guess when they shared recipes with friends, they just grabbed what they had available.
I actually find this charming. Just like the recipe that I found for “Chinease Menu”. What the heck? We didn’t eat a lot of ethnic foods which might be the reason that Chinese was misspelled? Well anyway, the recipe intrigued me. We were baking chicken for dinner and the glory of baked chicken is anything goes with it.
I made up the recipe and it was…boring. There were no spices and the only thing that might have earned the word Chinese is that it had a little soy sauce in it. A makeover later and the Asian 5 Spice Rice recipe was created. We ate this rice as a side for our chicken but I could have eaten it as a meal. I actually shredded up our leftover chicken and tossed it into the rice for a second meal. It’s was delicious too!
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Thursday 2nd of July 2020
I had forgotten how good this recipe is! I hadn't made it for a while and came across it again. So tasty with just the best spices - great recipe!
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Tuesday 28th of June 2016
I treasure my mom & grandma's recipe boxes - but you're right, some of the recipes can't compare to what we can make today! And visa versa!
You five spice rice looks fab! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!!
Thursday 30th of June 2016
Thank you Mollie! I'm having a great time rummaging through them. I know sharing recipes was as fun then as it is now but's a lot easier now and they come with pics!
Sunday 26th of June 2016
Why do I forget about water chestnuts?! They must add a lovely crunch, I always used to have a can in the pantry. Wonderful idea to use wild rice, another of those ingredients I tend to forget about. Love the history, lucky you to have those food memories.
Sunday 26th of June 2016
Thank you Liz! I kind of forget about the water chestnuts too but love that crunch that they add. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Friday 24th of June 2016
Julie- my mouth is watering! I saw this @ Fiesta Friday and wanted to dive in! I love a good crunch to my food and waterchestnuts are a favorite of mine! Thanks! Michelle
Saturday 25th of June 2016
Thank you, Michelle for such a sweet comment! Fiesta Friday is a great place to hang out!