Fresh Ham with Star Anise


Preparation info

  • Serves


    as a main course in a Western-style meal with appetizer and substantial dessert
    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Cook’s Canon: 101 Recipes Everyone Should Know

The Cook’s Canon

By Raymond Sokolov

Published 2003

  • About

This Chinese wedding dish shows its Szechwan origins in the dried chilies and brown peppercorns that flavor its cooking liquid. But it is not one of those fiery Szechwan dishes that neophytes remember primarily for their heat. Indeed, it showcases the very distinctive flavor of the star anise and the richness of the ham itself. In China, this is a dish of celebration.