This tasty stir-fry recipe combines lo mein noodles with flank steak, fresh ginger, garlic, scallions, hoisin and a touch of five-spice powder to make a quick, easy one-dish dinner.
Commonly used in Chinese cuisine, five-spice powder is a richly-flavored blend of ground spices that typically includes cinnamon, cloves, star anise, fennel seed and white pepper.
Five-spice is a potent seasoning and just a little goes a long way which is why we recommend starting with just 1/4 teaspoon to season the beef.
The intensity of five-spice powder fades rather quickly with age – seemingly more so than other ground spices. Chances are if you have a fresh jar, you’ll need less than if it’s been on your spice shelf for a while.
Whether or not you add more than that initial 1/4 teaspoon depends on your personal taste. If you want, you can leave it out of this recipe altogether, and just add a tiny pinch of cinnamon in it’s place.