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Black Vinegar

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Made from rice, this vinegar is often used in sauces that accompany dumplings. It is sometimes compared to Italian balsamic vinegar, black vinegar has a deep, dark color, complex flavor, and a rich, almost smoky taste. The better black vinegars, which come from the province of Chinkiang, are well aged and are often used in braises and noodle dishes.

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