Chinese Cardamom: Flavor Profile
If Chinese black cardamom were a person, this spice would be the flamboyant aunt with her deep hugs, colorful outfits, and hearty laugh. Also known as false cardamom, these little unassuming pods pack a lot of flavor! They’re earthy and smoky, but it’s the boldly aromatic camphor-like warmth that wakes you up and invites you to play.
- Burma Spice gourmet Chinese black cardamom is 100% pure Lanxangia tsaoko fruit (red cardamom), grown and harvested by expert farmers in China. Also called Red cardamom, our freshly dried pods are ideal for authentic Chinese and Vietnamese recipes.
- Chinese black cardamom is ideal for savory Chinese meat recipes, like slow braised Sichuan beef. Use in hearty sauces, stews and tasty soups like homemade Vietnamese pho. Make spicy Sichuan chili oil. These pods are also known for aiding the digestive system.
- Chinese black (or false) cardamom spice is bold and warm—gutsy even. These pods have an inviting earthy, woodsy quality to them. Their bold comes out in a camphor-like aromatic roundness that ensures they won’t be outshone by the Sichuan spices around them.
- We hand package small batches of our freshly dried Chinese black cardamom before sending to you for your authentic Sichuan cooking. You’ll taste the fresh difference! Test our customer satisfaction guarantee (or money back), and be prepared to fall in love.
Cooking with Chinese Cardamom
Chinese black cardamom is commonly used in Chinese (particularly Sichuan) meat dishes, and to flavor Vietnamese pho. It is not considered a substitute for other types of cardamom (and would likely be offended if you even mentioned such a thing anyway), because its flavor is so different from the others.
This stand out spice plays best with savory dishes like slow-roasted or braised meats, hearty stews, and soups. You can also use it to temper strong seafood flavor.
Try these ideas for bringing a uniquely bold flavor to your home cooking:
Slow-cooked meats and veggies: add to your seasoning for braised or roasted meats. Try blending with your seasoning mix for rich and fatty meat cuts like pork belly or beef. Chinese black cardamom also imparts deep flavor to slow-cooked beans, hearty greens or root vegetables.
Soups and stews: if you make Vietnamese pho at home, you’ll love the bold flavor Chinese black cardamom brings to your bowl. Hearty stews can take the boldness of this spice. Start small and build your way up to find your preferred flavor amount.
Sichuan chili oil: this is the spice for making flavor-rich and spicy Sichuan chili oil that can be blended in with soups, marinades and sauces.
Rice, pastas, and desserts: spice things up a little with a unique floral note in your rice or pasta dishes. Chinese black cardamom also goes well with sweet recipes, like fruit or cream desserts.
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