Star anise is common in many Chinese dishes, especially recipes involving pork or chicken. Also known as Chinese anise, it features the same three essential oils as the anise seed despite them being unrelated. However, the flavor of star anise is noticeably stronger than the anise seed. Use this ground star anise when making rubs for meat, to add to sauces, or mixed into fillings for dumplings. Ingredients: Star anise.