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Best brand of Cooking Michiu (rice wine)

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  • kairo Aug 17, 2013 09:25 PM
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Looking for some tips on what brand of cooking michiu to use. I have the Lily brand right now, but, the fact it says its not for sale for drinking kind of scares me. Also, the only other review I found of it says it tastes like industrial alchohol. The ~$2 for a big bottle price point is a little off putting as well. I wouldn't want to cook with really crappy white wine, so why would I want to use crummy michiu. I live in SF, so I think I have access to fairly good selection.

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  1. I bought this brand because the label says Hayward, CA.

    http://lincheninc.com/index.html

    I'm not sure if it's manufactured here or if it's just bottled here. I just sent them an email asking this question. On their website, it shows that they only make two products - the clear michiu and the brown Shaoxing. They are available from 750mL bottles to 275 gallon drums.

    "Not for sale for drinking" means that they added salt to it to make it a cooking ingredient. This exempts the product from alcohol tax laws. The bottle I have labels 12% alcohol, 1.5% salt.

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    1. re: seamunky

      I had no idea that was what the "not for sale for drinking" meant. That is really good to know.
      I'll give Linchen a try.

    2. NEVER buy "cooking" wine. It is all crap. If you wouldn't drink it (or serve it to guests) do NOT cook with it.

      Simple culinary rule.

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      1. re: PotatoHouse

        I realize that is a rule for western wines... maybe it is also true for Chinese Rice Wine... if so, do you have a recommendation for a drinking quality Chinese Rice Wine?

        1. re: kairo

          <drinking quality Chinese Rice Wine?>

          http://danmurphys.com.au/product/DM_3...

      2. < I have the Lily brand right now, but, the fact it says its not for sale for drinking kind of scares me.>

        Most cooking wines state the same thing. My guess is that it states something closer to "Not to used or sold as beverage". It just means that salt has been added. Nothing to worry about.

        < the only other review I found of it says it tastes like industrial alchohol.>

        I wonder if that person actually has tastes industrial alcohol.

        < I wouldn't want to cook with really crappy white wine, so why would I want to use crummy michiu>

        Because it is for different purpose.