Chinese Five Spice is something I've used to enhance oriental food for years. It is a complex blend of ground star anise, cinnamon, pepper, fennel, and cloves. You can find it on the spice isle. There are also recipes online of how to make your own.
This dessert is an easy combo of flan and custard. I added the Chinese Five Spice to brown sugar. When it cooks it creates a caramel glaze with all of the spices shining through. The vanilla custard is cool and creamy. I chose Cameo apples for their firm texture and sweet/tart balance.