Shaoxing (Shao Hsing) Rice Wine


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Origin: China
SKU: BB0042
Size: 600ml
Cuisine: China
Minimum Shelf Life: 6 months
Also known as: Chinese Rice Wine, shaoshing wine, shao hsing wine
Recipe Ideas: Fish fragrant aubergine, Chairman Mao's red-braised pork, Korean chicken wings, Chinese stir-fried eggs with tomatoes, Chinese braised bean curd skin with mushrooms


Shaoxing - or Shao Hsing - rice wine is made from fermented, glutinous rice. Traditionally it is enjoyed as a drink at the start of a meal in place of rice, but it is sometimes served alongside peanuts and other snacks. It takes its name from the Shaoxing region of Zhejiang, an eastern Chinese province, where the wine has been produced since the fifth century.  

What is Shaoxing rice wine?

Shaoxing wine is one of the most famous varieties of huangjiu - traditional Chinese wines. Shaoxing rice wine is a core Chinese cooking ingredient which has no western substitute. The amber liquid has rich sherry notes and a dry, sharp taste with a distinctive fruity flavour which enhances flavours without being overpowering.

How do I cook with Shaoxing rice wine?

Shaoxing rice wine has many applications in Chinese cooking, including marinades, soups and the stuffing for potsticker dumplings. Shaoxing rice wine is also a key ingredient in dishes such as 'Chairman Mao's Red Braised Pork' and 'Drunken Chicken'.

How do I choose which Shaoxing rice wine to buy?

This Shaoxing rice wine contains only water, rice and wheat, so is suitable for both cooking and beverage uses. Also available is a Shaoxing cooking wine with added salt - this is only for cooking purposes and should not be drunk on its own. 

Please note that Shaoxing Wine is alcoholic - 13.5%-14.5% ABV. Contains wheat & gluten. 

Ingredients: Water 54.1%, rice 40.3%, wheat 5.6%.


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