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Shaoxing Wine

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What is it?

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 have it?

Don’t substitute Japanese rice wines (sake or mirin), which have different flavors altogether. A better substitute is dry sherry.

How to choose:

You can find Shaoxing in Asian markets; try to buy a brand that doesn’t contain added salt.

How to prep:

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.


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  • User avater
    BrettDShaw | 01/08/2019

    Superb japanese rice wine

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    sbreckenridge | 02/09/2011

    LucyMontreal, no, Japanese rice wines have a different flavor profile and aren't a good substitute for shaoxing...dry sherry is better, though as ricewinelover notes, not a perfect substitute.

  • LucyMontreal | 01/31/2011

    Can I substitute Japanese rice wine or cooking sake?

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