Bobbi shared a recipe with me. One of the ingredients was her personal Chinese spice mix. I wrote her and asked if she would like to share the spice mix recipe. She wrote back, “I do not mind you using my improved Chinese 8 Spice mix recipe. (Actually, I just couldn't make a decision which five to use so used all eight from the recipes I found.)"
The Chinese philosophy of balancing yin and yang is expressed in their cooking with Chinese five spice powder. The spice mixture seeks to balance the five flavors, sweet, sour, bitter, savory and salty, that defiine their cooking.