Shaoxing wine is a type of Chinese rice wine.
Made from fermented rice, Shaoxing wine is an essential ingredient in Chinese cuisine. It tastes much like dry sherry, which can be used as a substitute.
Don't substitute Japanese rice wines (sake or mirin), which have different flavors altogether. A better substitute is dry sherry.
You can find Shaoxing in Asian markets; try to buy a brand that doesn’t contain added salt.
In addition to the recipes above, here are more ways to use your bottle of Shaoxing:
• Mix with dark brown sugar, soy sauce, and grated ginger to make a glaze for grilled pork or chicken.
• Stir-fry sliced beef with yellow and red bell peppers, then add a sauce made with Shaoxing, oyster sauce, a
pinch of sugar, soy sauce, and some sesame oil.
• Make “drunken chicken,” a Chinese classic: Poach a whole chicken in water with ginger and scallion, then chop it into eight pieces, marinate it overnight in Shaoxing, and serve cold.