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Feb 17, 2010 08:15 AM

Shao Xing in Northern Virginia

The roads are still only partially plowed, so I'm looking for a fairly certain source of Shao Xing close to the 22305 zip of Northern VA. Any recommendations?


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  1. Could you be a bit more specific? Is this Shao Xing you seek a kind of cooking wine? And since I don't work for the post office or live in 22305, could you spell out the name of the place?

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    1. re: dpan

      Shaoxing is a cooking wine, and 22305 is the stretch of W Glebe from Rte 1 over to 395. These days I tend to see shaoxing at most grocery stores (even Safeway), but if you want to be absolutely sure you get some, your closest "sure bet" is probably to head up Glebe to the Whole Foods.

      1. re: sweth

        Oh, yes. Sorry. I tend to think of NOVA in terms of zip codes. 22305 is Del Ray -- and it's just along the Alexandria/Arlington line. I don't want the cooking variety of Shao Xing. It's salted and it's really kind of nasty. The last time I bought it, I think I found it at a liquor store on Connecticut Avenue. I was thinking there might be something along Columbia Pike.

        1. re: dismith

          There's an Asian market on Columbia Pike, near the Goodwill (I can't remember the streets since it's been a while since I've lived in the area, but it's the same strip mall as Popeyes, McDonalds and La Blanca bakery/cafe). I've bought the cooking Shao Xing there, but I think I remember seeing ACTUAL Shao Xing there as well.

          Not sure if Bangkok 54 would have it, but it's worth a try if you can't find it at the other Asian market.

          I also seem to vaguely remember another "oriental" market (that was the name I think, Oriental Market?) near the Chinese restaurant (Ginger Beef, if it's still there), also near the Goodwill.

          These are right ON Columbia Pike, not on any sidestreets, so they're pretty easy to spot from the road. I just haven't been to the area in a while since I don't live around there anymore, so I couldn't name any streets for sure, just landmarks.

          1. re: yfunk3

            I can visualize the block, but I can't remember the name either. The roads are better today and I can check out Bangkok 54 -- although I've never seen it there -- on my way to the Popeye block. Thank you.

          2. re: dismith

            Ah. If you don't want the salted kind, then an Asian market is going to be better, but I have no idea which ones in that area are open or not. As an alternative, a good dry sherry works well instead of shaoxing, and is probably easier for you to find.

            1. re: sweth

              Yes, you're absolutely right, a dry sherry does work well. Although sometimes the taste of the sherry comes through rather strongly. I some times use Lustau dry amontillado, but I finished it off a couple of months ago and haven't replaced that either. Next trip to Pearson's, I'll stock up. Thanks for the reminder.

      2. Was anyone able to locate Shao Xing (authentic drinking variety) in NOVA or DC area?

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        1. re: cityhopper

          FYI - For those interested, you can obtain the coking variety at Oriental Market (5001 Columbia Pike) for under $5.