From the South Beach Diet's "Daily Dish" (Phase 1). Sometimes in life we want subtle, but other times we long to be overwhelmed. In the creation of five-spice powder, the Chinese gave us that chance. With fennel, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns, we get to taste sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, and salty all at once. If you’ve never tried five-spice powder before, you might want to halve the amount, or your taste buds might just blow a fuse!