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02/18/2010

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Tuty

Very useful information. Thank you, A.

Carolyn Jung

I sometimes substitute mirin and a little dry white wine. Is that bad? ;)

Andrea Nguyen

Carolyn -- I don't think that your substitute is bad. It's just that it's not quite the same earthy flavor. How about keeping some dry sherry around the house? ;-)

Krista

In Canada, wine can't be sold in grocery stores -- unless it is salted, which makes it undrinkable. I did find (and purchase) Shaoxing rice wine at a liquor store near Chinatown, for about $25. But I'm wondering if next time it would be OK to buy the salted stuff, for about $4 (even though you've just said I shouldn't!) and just add less salt to the recipe?

Diane

Awesome - I'm down to my last tablespoon. And it's a cheapie brand I picked up at May Wah - so I really was thinking just tonight that I needed help & advice for the new bottle!

Andrea Nguyen

Krista -- Salted rice wine has a funny flavor. If it costs $25 a bottle for the real deal, use sherry instead. I guarantee that it will be a fine substitute. You can get great sherry for less than $10.

Diane -- Glad to be of service just in the nick of time

M.R. Traska

Links aren't very helpful unless they lead to a source that will sell the wine to you. With that in mind, I searched using wine-searcher.com and found the wine at Brian's Wine & Liquor Emporium in Piscataway, NJ for $6.99 a bottle, plus tax and shipping.

However, the search function at the store's web site is in a dumb place (bottom center of the web page) and is stupid -- you have to input the name just so, or it won't come up. Use this exact phrase for your search term:

Pagoda Shao xing rice wine

Now you just have to hope that they're not out of it when you try to order it! But it's a beginning ...

ps -- love your blog; dumplings forever!!! One day, you should try real Lithuanian Christmas Eve hot beet borscht with boletus-mushroom-filled dumplings, minced fresh dill, and a dollop of sour cream. Mmmmmmmmmm -- excellent!

Andrea Nguyen

M.R. Traska -- Great tip on how to find and order the rice wine online! Thank you for going the extra mile and reporting your findings back to the rest of us. That price you got is rather good.

The borscht w/ boletus sounds divine. I bet it looks splendid for the holidays. I bet I can track down a recipe or two...

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Within the white rice varieties are different depending on their grain. On the one hand, we find short grain rice, ideal for the preparation of puddings and desserts like rice pudding, for example. In addition, medium-grain rice, which absorbs much more liquid without becoming soft and sticky as the old one and go very well for the preparation of risottos that require long cooking. And finally, long grain rice, cooked after loose fitting, light and fluffy. This last comes mainly from North America and India, where we can find two varieties with its own name: the Patna and the Bastami.

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Within the white rice varieties are different depending on their grain. On the one hand, we find short grain rice, ideal for the preparation of puddings and desserts like rice pudding, for example. In addition, medium-grain rice, which absorbs much more liquid without becoming soft and sticky as the old one and go very well for the preparation of risottos that require long cooking. And finally, long grain rice, cooked after loose fitting, light and fluffy. This last comes mainly from North America and India, where we can find two varieties with its own name: the Patna and the Bastami.

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Links aren't very helpful unless they lead to a source that will sell the wine to you. With that in mind, I searched using wine-searcher.com and found the wine at Brian's Wine & Liquor Emporium in Piscataway, NJ for $6.99 a bottle, plus tax and shipping.

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M.R. Traska -- Great tip on how to find and order the rice wine online! Thank you for going the extra mile and reporting your findings back to the rest of us. That price you got is rather good.

The borscht w/ boletus sounds divine. I bet it looks splendid for the holidays. I bet I can track down a recipe or two...

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milliliter bottles are sold at Chinese markets, typically near the frozen food section for reasons that I’m not clear on. I use Pagoda Brand, considered by cooks as the standard for decades. There are imposters so look for the

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Wonderful post! Do you know if Shaoxing rice wine is gluten-free? Sherry is fortified with brandy, which can contain caramel coloring, which can contain gluten, so that makes sherry off-limits to our allergic family. I'm hoping we can cook with Shaoxing rice wine....

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