Chinese Star Anise-Orange Brine

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kevin Crafts

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1 1/2 cups dry sherry
2/3 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup coarsely chopped unpeeled fresh ginger
12 star anise
4 cinnamon sticks (2 1/2 in. long)
2 tablespoons red chile flakes
Zest of 4 oranges or 8 tangerines
2 cups orange juice or tangerine juice


Pour 2 1/2 qts. water into a deep pot. Add remaining ingredients except orange juice. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Nest pot in ice water until cool. Discard cinnamon and stir in orange juice.


Orange or tangerine slices

Sushi rice

Green onions cut in 2-in.-long slivers


February 2011