It is not the number of the spices that you need, it is the right combination that matters. In the world of cooking and especially Asian cooking, not just the right combination makes a dish taste delicious, but also the right combination, at the right time, often with the right proportion. Incense powder. Many Asian dishes are made with only few spices and yet these combination makes the dish tastes so delicious. I have seen in many cooking shows, the chef is not using a spice mixture like curry powder, garam masala, chili powder etc.