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KungPaoDumplings Aug 13, 2013 12:56 PM

I'm looking for Pagoda brand Shaoxing Chinese rice wine (I'm not looking for cooking rice wine).

I'm also looking for Gold Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar.

I'm looking to buy these from a known reputable website that reliably sells these. I can't find these currently for sale on Amazon and all the information I keep finding is outdated (Websites no longer exist, stores no longer carry the items) or says go to an Asian market, which I've been to and no one is carrying these exact items sadly (Or is too far away).

So if anyone knows a reputable website that sells these brands regurally you'd make my year.

I'm looking to buy Tien Tsin Chili Peppers ( http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey... ) and my last question is if anyone with experience making Kung Pao chicken knows if Tien Tsin chili peppers are the best to make an authentic Kung Pao chicken out of.

Thank you, if I wasn't clear enough and you have questions just reply and I'll reply back.

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  1. girloftheworld RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 13, 2013 06:44 PM

    i think they ship...

    http://www.mtsupermarket.com/

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      KungPaoDumplings RE: girloftheworld Aug 13, 2013 07:00 PM

      Thank you for the heads up.

      I e-mailed them, I'll keep you updated on what they say about if they ship.

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        KungPaoDumplings RE: girloftheworld Aug 14, 2013 03:12 PM

        Lan Ly sent me this:

        "Hello

        At this time we do not ship out products.

        Thank you

        MT Supermarket"

        Oh well, at least she is nice though.

        Any other thoughts where I might find these ingredients online?

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          girloftheworld RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 14, 2013 03:49 PM

          ahhh too bad when I order on line I have luck with waiyeehong.com

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            KungPaoDumplings RE: girloftheworld Aug 14, 2013 05:56 PM

            They have my Gold Plum brand black vinegar, but I live in the USA currently. They don't seem to ship to the USA, I sent them a message though and I will post here what they say.

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              girloftheworld RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 14, 2013 06:52 PM

              I live in the US.. maybe I gave you the wrong site Ill go check the box in the garage

              AHhh Mystery solved..my dad says he sends a guy at work the order who works in England goes to the store and then he ships it to us ...

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                KungPaoDumplings RE: girloftheworld Aug 14, 2013 09:22 PM

                That's too bad, they have my vinegar.

                Thanks for the help, any other sites/suggestions?

                Thank you.

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              KungPaoDumplings RE: girloftheworld Aug 15, 2013 07:58 AM

              This is what waiyeehong.com wrote back about shipping to the USA:

              "Hi,

              Thank-you for your email. Unfortunately, we are unable to deliver to you in the USA because it is not in the list of delivery areas we have agreed with our courier.

              Sorry that we are unable to help you this time.

              Kind regards,

              The WaiYeeHong.com Team
              www.waiyeehong.com

              fb: facebook.com/waiyeehong
              tw: @waiyeehong"

              So, that's too bad, any other sites/suggestions?

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          Hobbert RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 14, 2013 03:54 PM

          I shop at Lotte Plaza. They've for a website.

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            KungPaoDumplings RE: Hobbert Aug 14, 2013 05:58 PM

            Thank you for the reply.

            I checked their website and they do not carry either of the items I'm looking for.

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            cheesemonger RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 14, 2013 04:01 PM

            I've used www.yollieorientalonline.com for my beloved Lan Chi Chile paste with garlic, and everything went fine.

            I don't know if they have the things you want, you'll have to search that part yourself- good luck!

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              KungPaoDumplings RE: cheesemonger Aug 14, 2013 06:00 PM

              Thanks for the help, I really need it.

              I checked the site and they also sadly don't have either of the ingredients I'm looking for, any other thoughts?

              Thanks again for the help.

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                TrishaCP RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 14, 2013 07:02 PM

                Kalustyans.com has Pagoda- they don't appear to have Gold Plum black vinegar though but you should doublecheck.

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                  KungPaoDumplings RE: TrishaCP Aug 14, 2013 09:30 PM

                  I checked the website and found that you were right about the fact that they don't have Gold Plum black vinegar; they have a type of Chinkiang black vinegar, but it isn't Gold Plum.

                  Sadly the Pagoda Shaoxing rice wine on Kalustyans.com is Pagoda Shaoxing cooking rice wine which has added salt and I can't use.

                  Thank you very much for replying, do you have any other websites/suggestions?

                  Thank you again.

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                  cheesemonger RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 14, 2013 09:10 PM

                  sorry 'bout that. I checked my pantry and I have the gold plum chinkiang, but a different shaoshing. Both came from my local asian market, which doesn't help you much, I know.

                  I know how frustrating it is to try and find that one thing from that one brand- for me is was the chili paste I mentioned above.

                  Good luck to you, sorry I couldn't be more help.

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                    KungPaoDumplings RE: cheesemonger Aug 14, 2013 09:33 PM

                    Yes, unless you live in New Hampshire, I doubt I could drive to your local.

                    I'm really happy you found that chili paste, I know how good it is to finally be able to make what you're looking to make and thank you for the sympathy (I've been on and off looking for these two ingredients for 3 years now. Admittedly more off than on, but when you have no leads what is there to do?).

                    Thank you for all the help you've tried with, if you can think of anything else pop a message here please. It's been nice talking at the very least.

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                    cheesemonger RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 14, 2013 09:16 PM

                    was also going to say that I make Pao (Pow!) all the time, learned from some (chinese) friends in grad school. I don't recall them being particularly exact about the variety of the pepper, as long as they are the small dried red ones that create that acrid scorchy flavor when toasted in the wok.

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                      KungPaoDumplings RE: cheesemonger Aug 14, 2013 09:36 PM

                      That's perfect information for me, no one has responded to my question about that. I'll certainly buy the Tien Tsin Chili Peppers from Penzeys if that is the case, they are exactly as you describe and sound perfect.

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                  jmnewel RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 15, 2013 10:51 AM

                  If you ever find a source for the Gold Plum Chingkiang black vinegar, please report back to us. I am in the US. I've tried several other brands, but they don't even come close to the flavor of the Gold Plum. My eggplant dish, once exceptionally good, is now just ordinary from the lack of the right vinegar.

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                    KungPaoDumplings RE: jmnewel Aug 15, 2013 10:58 AM

                    I certainly will, I've been keeping this thread updated with my findings for the exact purpose. I know how hard it is to find when you don't have a local asian market that carries it or does special orders.

                    When I find it I will post it here straight away.

                    If you end up finding it or have any suggestions of websites I could look please post it here so we can help out other people.

                    Thank you.

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                      KungPaoDumplings RE: jmnewel Aug 15, 2013 11:56 AM

                      http://posharpstore.com/en-us/golden-...

                      jmnewel When you used to buy Gold Plum brand is this what the bottle used to look like?

                      The website is calling it "Golden Plum" brand, but the bottle in the picture is "Gold Plum" brand. I have contacted them about the descrepency. I will update here when they reply.

                      Is this the bottle you're used to seeing when using authentic Gold Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar?

                      I know that many companies manufacture knock off Gold Plum Chinkiang black vinegar, so I just want to make certain at least the picture is of the authentic, so I can keep it in my files for reference.

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                        KungPaoDumplings RE: jmnewel Aug 15, 2013 12:34 PM

                        Here is the picture posharpstore.com is showing for the Gold (Currently listed as Golden) Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar.

                        I am posting this here in case for some reason the website doesn't work well for you and as future reference for someone else.

                        Whether you confirm or deny this being an authentic picture, I know both sides will help someone out in finding the right product in the future if they try to find it and posharpstore.com no longer exists or carries it (If they do carry the authentic).

                         
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                          KungPaoDumplings RE: jmnewel Aug 15, 2013 03:56 PM

                          jmnewel See my post below, Gold Plum Chinkiang black vinegar has been found online for the USA!

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                            KungPaoDumplings RE: jmnewel Aug 16, 2013 10:06 AM

                            jmnewel Please still tell me if this picture of Gold Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar looks like the authentic one you are used to.

                            I want to confirm that I am correct on my findings.

                            Thank you and if this is the real Gold Plum vinegar, I'm really happy we can both buy it now.

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                              jmnewel RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 25, 2013 12:17 PM

                              Sorry to be late in responding. This bottle looks nothing like the bottle of Gold Plum Chingkiang vinegar I have bought in the past. I will have to try this one. I'll report back when I have tasted it.

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                                KungPaoDumplings RE: jmnewel Aug 25, 2013 12:23 PM

                                It's more than all right, I'm just happy you're responding (I have a few other questions on this thread for you to please respond to including about why you no longer shop at a specific store).

                                I thought the bottle looked off, thank you for trying it out and telling me what you find after you taste it.

                                It means a lot, thank you!

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                              KungPaoDumplings RE: jmnewel Aug 20, 2013 03:49 PM

                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/564486

                              On this thread you said you used ethnicgrocer.com to buy your Gold Plum Chinkiang black vinegar.

                              At this link: http://store.indianfoodsco.com/shop/c...

                              Why don't you shop from them anymore? Are they not reputable? Do you find them overpriced?

                              The link to buying the vinegar we want is still active on their website so I wanted to know why you no longer purchase from them so I don't make some sort of mistake.

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                                jmnewel RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 25, 2013 12:28 PM

                                The picture of Gold Plum black vinegar from Ethnic Foods is exactly right. I bought this vinegar from them for several years. The last time I ordered they sent me a replacement product that was clearly inferior. Nothing like the real Gold Plum, though the label had been made to resemble it.

                                I called their office and was told that they have the right to substitute an equal product if they are out of the requested one. That is all well and good, but the substitute was in no way equal to Gold Plum. So now I avoid ordering from them. If anybody has success in getting the real thing, please post here.

                                Amazon once listed Gold Plum, but they can't get it either. I am on a waiting list there to be notified when it is once more available.

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                                  KungPaoDumplings RE: jmnewel Aug 25, 2013 12:43 PM

                                  The picture on their website is the one I know as authentic Gold Plum to be as well. I'm really sorry they sent you a fake.

                                  I can well understand why you avoid buying from them, it really isn't truly trustable. When was the last time you bought from them? I’m really just curious because if it was long ago enough, maybe the management has changed (Although I admit that that is doubtful).

                                  I will certainly post here myself if I have success in getting the real thing. I second your notion though: if anyone does successful buy authentic Gold Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar please post here.

                                  I used to be on that notification list with Amazon, but the sellers on there are very hit and miss since it's not coming from Amazon directly I don't trust it. Too many people are reporting that the people selling on Amazon (That aren't Amazon) keep selling knock off fake brands.

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                                    jmnewel RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 25, 2013 12:53 PM

                                    I just placed an order for Gold Plum Chinkiang black vinegar with AsianSuperMarket 365 that you listed above. I shall keep you posted!

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                                      KungPaoDumplings RE: jmnewel Aug 25, 2013 12:58 PM

                                      That is so exciting to hear!

                                      Thank you so very very much for the help!

                            3. nomadchowwoman RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 15, 2013 11:09 AM

                              I have ordered successfully from this website (recommended by a fellow CH when "Every Grain of Rice" was COTM). They do have the Black Plum vinegar (which you and jmnewel have convinced me I need!), but I don't see the wine. Delivery takes over a week, if I recall correctly.

                              http://posharpstore.com

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                                KungPaoDumplings RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 15, 2013 12:01 PM

                                I'm glad the site is reputable, thank you for replying.

                                The website calls it "Golden Plum" brand, while the picture says "Gold Plum" brand. I have e-mailed posharstore.com to see what's going on with the descrepency. I will update here when they reply.

                                posharpstore.com only carries Pagoda Shaoxing cooking rice wine, not Pagoda Shaoxing rice wine for anyone who is curious.

                                Thank you again, any other thoughts?

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                                  nomadchowwoman RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 15, 2013 12:33 PM

                                  Sorry I called it Black Plum; hope that didn't further the confusion--but I wanted to mention that I ordered several items from posharp, and while there were occasional discrepancies between descriptions and what showed up in the photos, products that arrived were exactly as depicted in the photos.

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                                    KungPaoDumplings RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 15, 2013 12:36 PM

                                    It's more than all right, you didn't further the confusion at all.

                                    I'm incredibly excited to hear that what is in the photo is what you get.

                                    I am having jmnewel (Or anyone else who is used to using and owning the authentic) confirm that it is in fact the authentic Gold Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar and not some knock off (I've never bought it before so I can't confirm or deny myself if this is an authentic picture of it).

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                                      KungPaoDumplings RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 15, 2013 04:01 PM

                                      It has been confirmed by http://posharpstore.com that the brand they carry is in fact Gold Plum brand (Not Golden Plum brand).

                                      I have replied to them asking if they sell Pagoda brand Shaoxing rice wine (Since I only saw Pagoda brand Shaoxing cooking rice wine) and asked if they could special order it for me if they didn't carry it.

                                      Here is to hoping they can help me out.

                                      Thank you for this website/resource, you've made my year giving me a resource to get Gold Plum Chinkiang black vinegar.

                                      Thank you again!

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                                    KungPaoDumplings RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 15, 2013 12:11 PM

                                    What does COTM mean?

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                                      Hobbert RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 15, 2013 12:25 PM

                                      Cookbook of the month

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                                        KungPaoDumplings RE: Hobbert Aug 15, 2013 12:29 PM

                                        Oh, thank you!

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                                    KungPaoDumplings RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 15, 2013 03:45 PM

                                    I am ecstatic to announce my response from http://posharpstore.com . This is what they have written:

                                    “You are right. Our website is wrong. That brand is “金梅” Gold Plum which is a best selling vinegar brand.”

                                    Anyone looking for Gold Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar online in the USA (They also ship to: Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa) can find it from http://posharpstore.com at this link specifically:

                                    http://posharpstore.com/en-us/golden-...

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                                      KungPaoDumplings RE: KungPaoDumplings Sep 4, 2013 10:50 PM

                                      An update to this is that no one has bought and confirmed as of yet that the Gold Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar here is in fact authentic.

                                      jmnewel (And myself) have noticed the bottle does not look like what we are used to seeing.

                                      If anyone is used to buying authentic Gold Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar and buys from http://posharpstore.com and can confirm or deny if they sell the authentic, please post here.

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                                      KungPaoDumplings RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 15, 2013 03:53 PM

                                      My current update on this thread is this:

                                      I am still looking for a reputable website to buy Pagoda brand Shaoxing rice wine (I am not looking for Pagoda Shaoxing cooking rice wine, it has added salt).

                                      Gold Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar can be bought online from http://posharpstore.com .

                                      (Gold Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar can be bought here: http://posharpstore.com/en-us/golden-...

                                      )

                                      The Tien Tsin Chili Peppers from penzeys.com have been confirmed an appropriate chili pepper for making Kung Pao Chicken.

                                      (The Tien Tsin Chili Peppers can be bought here: http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey... )

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                                        KungPaoDumplings RE: KungPaoDumplings Sep 4, 2013 10:52 PM

                                        An update to this is that no one has bought and confirmed as of yet that the Gold Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar here is in fact authentic.

                                        jmnewel (And myself) have noticed the bottle does not look like what we are used to seeing.

                                        If anyone is used to buying authentic Gold Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar and buys from http://posharpstore.com and can confirm or deny if they sell the authentic, please post here.

                                        jmnewel has bought what seems to be authentic Gold Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar from http://www.asiansupermarket365.com once he confirms (Or denies) the authenticity I will post here what he finds.

                                      2. Caroline1 RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 16, 2013 12:47 PM

                                        If you consider amazon.com reputable, they carry the brand of black vinegar you want, but the Shao Xing (and other spellings) wine is a different brand. I've found there is not much variance in good Shao Xing wines. I've used about five brands. I do avoid the "cooking" type though.

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                                          KungPaoDumplings RE: Caroline1 Aug 16, 2013 01:08 PM

                                          Thank you for the reply and help.

                                          I've checked out Amazon and the current seller is selling a knock off brand of black vinegar (Someone recently reviewed about it, sadly this is not an uncommon occurrence on Amazon). I find that Amazon isn't a steady enough resource as well, because people get a certain amount of stock in, sell it, and it literally can be over a year before it shows up again. I've only see Amazon.com itself sell it once, the rest of the time it has always been Amazon Merchants.

                                          Yes, I very much am avoiding the cooking type, thanks for the extra insight.

                                          Any other thoughts/ideas/suggestions?

                                          Again thank you for replying!

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                                            Caroline1 RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 16, 2013 09:52 PM

                                            Local Asian markets are always a useful resource. Where I live (in Texas) I'm very fortunate to have a 99 Ranch Market nearby, that HUGE California based chain. There is little they don't have, but there are also three other Asian markets in my neighborhood, so there's probably little I can't get. You might check with Asian markets in your area, and if they don't have the brand you want, a chat with the store manager will often bring it to you.

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                                              KungPaoDumplings RE: Caroline1 Aug 17, 2013 01:55 PM

                                              Sadly I don't have a local asian market that carry these items and they do not currently do special orders, that is why I'm building this online resource for me and others to use.

                                              Thank you again for replying!

                                              Any other websites/suggestions?

                                        2. Veggo RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 16, 2013 10:11 PM

                                          www.importfood.com
                                          Good stuff, mostly Thai, but other Asian gems and very good service.

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                                            KungPaoDumplings RE: Veggo Aug 17, 2013 01:59 PM

                                            Thank you replying and the help!

                                            I have checked this website and they sadly do not carry either of the items in the brands I am looking for.

                                            I'm really glad to hear that they are so reputable, I will certainly favourite this for any Thai dishes I want to make; this looks like the perfect resource!

                                            Any other websites/suggestions of where I can find what I am looking for online?

                                            Thank you again!

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                                            KungPaoDumplings RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 20, 2013 03:34 PM

                                            Has anyone used this website before and can confirm that it is reputable:

                                            http://www.asiansupermarket365.com

                                            They have what I am used to the Gold Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar looking like.

                                            ( http://www.asiansupermarket365.com/Go... )

                                            1. PuniceaRana RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 20, 2013 04:25 PM

                                              You might want to try H Mart, I know they carry a huge selection, as also do ship. http://www.hmart.com/ I believe you indicated that you were in NH, and if so you may be not too far for a trip to one of the H Mart stores located in Burlington, Mass.

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                                                KungPaoDumplings RE: PuniceaRana Aug 20, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                Thanks for replying!

                                                I searched their website and they sadly do not carry either of the items I'm looking for.

                                                Any other websites/suggestions?

                                                Thank you again!

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                                                  PuniceaRana RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 20, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                  I should warn you that the search feature on their website leaves a lot to be desired - it seems to regularly say they do not carry an item when in fact they do. That has been my experience for quite a few items. I'd recommend calling the store directly to inquire.

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                                                    KungPaoDumplings RE: PuniceaRana Aug 20, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                    That's incredibly good to know, thank you.

                                                    I just called them and they sadly do not carry either items I'm looking for.

                                                    Any other websites/suggestions?

                                                    Thank you again!

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                                                      PuniceaRana RE: PuniceaRana Aug 20, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                      I think I found the Gold Plum brand Chinkiang black vinegar you are seeking here: http://store.indianfoodsco.com/shop/c...

                                                      They also carry the type of rice wine you are seeking, though currently it is out of stock. Not certain of the manufacturer though, it seems to change.

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                                                        KungPaoDumplings RE: PuniceaRana Aug 20, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                        I oddly enough have that website up in an earlier message in this thread (It goes by two names: Ethnic Grocer and Indian Foods Co). I'm currently trying to confirm why jmnewel who used to buy from them no longer does.

                                                        The rice wine they have is sadly cooking wine and I need wine that isn't made for cooking (Cooking wine often contains salt).

                                                        I asked them about them carrying the non cooking rice wine and they do not carry it at this time and they cannot special order it for me.

                                                        Thank you for all of this help, I really need it; I've been searching for these ingredients for a very long time now.

                                                        Do you know of any other websites you think could work?

                                                        Thank you, thank you again.

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                                                          PuniceaRana RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 20, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                          You can also find it on Amazon.com though they charge much more for it.

                                                          http://www.amazon.com/GOLD-PLUM-Chink...

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                                                            KungPaoDumplings RE: PuniceaRana Aug 20, 2013 07:25 PM

                                                            Someone actually posted this on this thread, I'll repost here what I told them.

                                                            "I've checked out Amazon and the current seller is selling a knock off brand of black vinegar (Someone recently reviewed about it, sadly this is not an uncommon occurrence on Amazon). I find that Amazon isn't a steady enough resource as well, because people get a certain amount of stock in, sell it, and it literally can be over a year before it shows up again. I've only see Amazon.com itself sell it once, the rest of the time it has always been Amazon Merchants."

                                                            Thank you for continuing the conversation and looking into viable options.

                                                            Any other thoughts on websites?

                                                            Thank you again for all your help.

                                                2. Bada Bing RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 20, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                  Shao Xing wine is a very intricate and challenging matter in the USA, where I (for this purpose, unfortunately) live. Given our uptight Puritan heritage concerning alcoholic beverages, the only Shao Xing sold in Asian grocers (at least on the shelf) is salted, which makes it possible for a grocer to sell it without an expensive liquor license. Then if you go to most wine sellers, they have no stake in Asian cooking and are highly unlikely to stock the real, unsalted wine. So I've never actually been able to buy unsalted Shao Xing myself. Things might be different in more liberal states like California. I'm in Indiana, where they still sell no retail beer, wine, or liquor on Sundays. I do think that one day I might find some of the real thing in Chicago's Chinatown--I just don't get there often.

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                                                    KungPaoDumplings RE: Bada Bing Aug 20, 2013 08:15 PM

                                                    I know how you feel, I live in NH and all the asian markets only carry cooking.

                                                    I hope you get to Chicago's Chinatown soon.

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                                                    KungPaoDumplings RE: KungPaoDumplings Aug 25, 2013 11:39 AM

                                                    This is my current update:

                                                    I am still looking for someone to confirm or deny if ethnicgrocer.com which is also indianfoodsco.com is a reputable website or not.

                                                    I am also looking for someone to confirm or deny if the bottle pictured here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9130... is authentic, as myself I am used to the brand looking like a different bottle and don't know if this is also the authentic brand but it is just different looking.

                                                    I am also still looking for a source of not cooking Pagoda Shaoxing rice wine in NH (New Hampshire USA) or any possible sources to look into for such a thing.

                                                    Thank you for everyone's help!

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                                                      KungPaoDumplings RE: KungPaoDumplings Sep 8, 2013 06:15 PM

                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9130...

                                                      ethnicgrocer.com which is also indianfoodsco.com has been confirmed that their service is not consistenly reputable.

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                                                      KungPaoDumplings RE: KungPaoDumplings Sep 4, 2013 10:48 PM

                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/915682

                                                      At this thread jmnewel posts that he has bought what seems to be authentic Gold Plum Chinkiang black vinegar at http://www.asiansupermarket365.com .

                                                      He has yet to open the bottle and test it, but once he confirms if it is authentic, I will post here that this is final as being a reputable website for buying authentic Gold Plum Chinkiang black vinegar.

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                                                        KungPaoDumplings RE: KungPaoDumplings Sep 8, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                        Jmnewel posted here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9156...

                                                        That the Gold Plum Chinkiang black vinegar he bought from http://www.asiansupermarket365.com (At this link http://www.asiansupermarket365.com/Go... ) is in fact authentic and a reputable place to buy this for anyone that is looking.

                                                        (If this website ever in the future stops being reputable I will post here).

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                                                        KungPaoDumplings RE: KungPaoDumplings Sep 8, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                        My current update is that all questions/ingredients have been answered/found except for one.

                                                        I am still looking for a reputable source of Pagoda brand Shaoxing rice wine (I am not looking for cooking wine) either online (That will ship to Keene NH USA) or near Keene NH USA (That isn't Boston or New York City).

                                                        If anyone has any websites, advice, or thoughts on how to source this wine please post here.

                                                        Thank you in advance! And thank you again and again to those who have already given help!

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                                                          cheesemonger RE: KungPaoDumplings Sep 8, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                          hey KPD- I bought some rice wine at my local asian market. It's pavillion brand, and it rings up as cooking wine, but it's not. It's probably a happy mistake- of the 10 or so varieties of Shaoshing, this was the only one that a) didn't say cooking, b) didn't say "not for consumption as a beverage", and c) had the warning about drinking when pregnant. They also have the gold plum chinkiang. (on sale, $1.39/bottle!)

                                                          Have you had any luck getting either of these?

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                                                            KungPaoDumplings RE: cheesemonger Sep 10, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                            Sorry it took me so long to reply (Had a busy couple of days and I feel really bad I didn’t reply sooner).

                                                            jmnewel and I have finally sourced Gold Plum Chinkiang black vinegar from http://www.asiansupermarket365.com , so I can finally buy that.

                                                            As for the Shaoxing, I'll have to recall/check the Asian markets around me if their Shaoxing is incorrectly marked as cooking (Thank you for the advice!). I currently can't seem to find Shaoxing in New Hampshire USA or find a website where they will ship to me in Keene New Hampshire USA. Any help would be highly appreciated, thanks again cheesemonger!

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                                                              KungPaoDumplings RE: cheesemonger Sep 10, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                              Where do you live anyway? That's a great sale!

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                                                                cheesemonger RE: KungPaoDumplings Oct 13, 2013 08:42 PM

                                                                Hi- now it's my turn to apologize for the delay. I missed the most important detail of the shaoshing I bought- no salt added. :)

                                                                I'm in Colorado. The market is called Pacific Ocean. I took pics of the bottle, can post 'em if you want.

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                                                                  KungPaoDumplings RE: cheesemonger Oct 14, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                                  I'm just happy you've replied.

                                                                  No salt is very exciting and posting the pictures would be incredibly helpful!

                                                                  Thank you again.

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                                                              cheesemonger RE: KungPaoDumplings Oct 19, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                              Okay- here are the pics: on the left side is the salt added cooking wine, on the right is Pavilion brand shaoshing rice wine. I included front and back of both bottles. I really think at the wine on the right is a mistake- the receipt says cooking wine, but it's not that.
                                                              Huh- the pics on the iPad are very clear, I don't know why they uploaded so fuzzy...

                                                               
                                                               
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                                                                KungPaoDumplings RE: cheesemonger Oct 19, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                Thank you for posting this!

                                                                I have no idea what happened, but I'm happy you got lucky.

                                                                I wonder what happened to your pictures.

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