The Nonya cooking ingredient Bunga Lawang or Aniseed an versatile and distinctive spice (because of its star-shaped appearance and its flavour) that is used in curries and in different styles of cooking. Also is reputed to be one of the raw materials for anti-"bird flu" medication. Bunga Lawang or Aniseed , common name for an annual plant of the parsley family that is Native to Egypt. Anise is cultivated in Europe, Syria, Malta, Russia, the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Chile and Mexico for the seed of the plant, called Aniseed. Bunga Lawang or Aniseed has an aromatic, agreeable smell and a warm, sweetish taste.
Bunga Lawang or Aniseed is widely used to flavor pastries. In the Mediterranean region and in Asia, aniseed is commonly used in meat and vegetable dishes.
Star anise is the dried fruit of an evergreen tree indigenous to the south eastern part of China and to Vietnam. Its flavor and uses are similar to those of Bunga Lawang or Aniseed .