Chinese five-spice powder adds a kick that offsets richness in both sweet and savory recipes. This aromatic spice blend incorporates the five basic elements of the cosmos —earth, fire, metal, water, and wood. It enhances stir-fried vegetables, chicken, and especially fatty meats like pork and duck. It is used as a spice rub for chicken, duck, pork and seafood recipes, and can be added to the breading for fried foods. Five-spice powder isn’t hot but is quite concentrated, so use it in small quantities.