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Where to buy rice wine?

sparkyk Feb 25, 2011 03:13 PM

Having a very hard time finding rice wine (not vinegar) which is frequently listed ingredient in Chinese cooking. Checked Whole Foods, Galleria, different liquor places. Anyone have any ideas for places? Ideally West LA/Grove/K-town area. Thanks!

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  1. boogiebaby RE: sparkyk Feb 25, 2011 03:56 PM

    Any Asian market should have ie. 99 Ranch, SG Superstore, Hawaii Market, etc.

    99 Ranch
    17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

    1. Tripeler RE: sparkyk Feb 25, 2011 06:18 PM

      How is this different from Japanese sake? Is rice wine distilled or fermented?

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      1. re: Tripeler
        ipsedixit RE: Tripeler Feb 25, 2011 06:42 PM

        Fermented. Rice wine is a sweet wine made from fermenting steamed glutinous rice, which has a quite low alcohol content. It's basically like sake that you wouldn't want to drink.

        1. re: ipsedixit
          Tripeler RE: ipsedixit Feb 25, 2011 07:27 PM

          Thank you, ipsedixit. Fermented from glutinous rice makes a lot of sense, and you're right -- I really wouldn't want to drink it.
          I see your new avatar -- but Where's The Beef?

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            cls RE: ipsedixit Feb 26, 2011 09:57 AM

            Is this different than mirin?

            1. re: cls
              ipsedixit RE: cls Feb 26, 2011 10:00 AM

              Very similar, but in my experience mirin is a bit sweeter than most Chinese rice wines.

        2. monku RE: sparkyk Feb 25, 2011 06:48 PM

          You can substitute pale dry sherry or gin for Chinese rice wine.
          I use brandy.

          1. flylice2x RE: sparkyk Feb 26, 2011 02:40 AM

            Marukai and I've seen small bottles of it in Ralph's and Albertson's

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              Clinton RE: sparkyk Feb 26, 2011 08:36 AM

              Shao Xing wine or Chinese cooking wine can be found at most Asian markets (ie. 99 Ranch Markets). It's very similar to dry sherry and not much for drinking. Inexpensive on sale (between $2 - $5) a bottle. The Japanese have a cooking wine also called sake which can be used for drinking if preferred. Sweet cooking wine is called mirin. There are different grades for different purposes. The Korean version is called soju which is mainly used for drinking.

              99 Ranch
              17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

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              1. re: Clinton
                baedary RE: Clinton Feb 28, 2011 11:44 PM

                dear clinton

                HI. i'm jihun.

                korean wine->so-ju
                korean rice wine->Makgeolli

                1. re: baedary
                  Clinton RE: baedary Mar 1, 2011 08:50 AM

                  Thanks baedary. Not a connoisseur of rice wines but all I do know is that the tastes of both so-ju and Japanese sake are very similar. I've asked about how to drink so-ju and most tell me to drink it chilled while Japanese sake is preferably consumed warm. Don't know if this is the normal custom or individual preference? I normally use mirin to make my teriyaki sauce and not to drink. I also use Shao Xing to cook with in Chinese preparations. Different rice wines for different purposes.

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                    hbkawachi RE: Clinton Mar 1, 2011 03:39 PM

                    There are MANY types of sake which are meant to be drunk at room temperature or even chilled/iced.

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                      mrhooks RE: Clinton Mar 1, 2011 04:51 PM

                      Sake should be served hot only if it's bad. That's why in many Japanese restaurants you'll find that the only sake served hot is the house sake.

                      1. re: mrhooks
                        hbkawachi RE: mrhooks Mar 1, 2011 04:56 PM

                        Sorry, I live in Japan and I know that NOT to be the case!

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                  baedary RE: sparkyk Feb 28, 2011 11:36 PM

                  Hi I'm korean

                  rice wine is

                  korean style and japanese style,

                  usually drink it.

                  mirin is usually help to cook

                  mirin one of japanese sake

                  you will buy korean market(hankuk, gaju, galleria, zion) and japanese market

                  korea town selling the rice wine

                  korean ricewine called Makgeolli
                  korean wine called so-ju
                  japanese ricewind called sake


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                  1. re: baedary
                    Tripeler RE: baedary Mar 1, 2011 12:24 AM

                    Korean Makgeolli is very much like Nigori-style (cloudy) Japanese sake, though it is much lower in alcohol. It is quite different from Chinese-style rice wine.

                    1. re: baedary
                      hbkawachi RE: baedary Mar 1, 2011 02:31 AM

                      Hmm, I don't think of "soju" as wine, more like liquor because it isn't brewed or fermented but distilled. And I would be VERY surprised if anyone used it for cooking.

                      1. re: hbkawachi
                        mrgreenbeenz RE: hbkawachi Mar 1, 2011 12:47 PM

                        Anybody know where to buy unpasteurized maekkeolli? Just back from Korea and the stuff in the stores here is not at all the same. It's like a living beverage there and every bar/cafe seems to have a special one that they made themselves.

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                      foodiemahoodie RE: sparkyk Mar 1, 2011 12:22 PM

                      Mitsuwa has a big selection of rice wines. It's on Centinela in the Santa Monica/West LA area.


                      Centinela Cafe
                      4800 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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