Star anise has been used by the Chinese in traditional Chinese medicin and as a seasoning since antiquity. The flavor of star anise is similar to anise. It has a sweet spicy, mild licorice flavor. Hand 1. Star Anise Powder, in convenient glass diffuser, is ideally suited as a seasoning for your food. The spicy sweet flavor of star anise is essential in the preparation of all kinds of Chinese marinades. Use Hand 1. Star Anise Powder also for pho soups and poultry such as Peking duck. Star anise is an important component of the five-spice mix, a Chinese spice mixture which is used worldwide.Star anise is also a key component in garam masala, and is commonly used in conjunction with other spices to create distinctive Indian dishes such as biryanis, kormas and chutneys.