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Old 08-01-2008, 10:08 PM   #1
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Cooking sherry/rice wine?

so for cooking what is sherry specifically used for in chinese cuisine, and what is rice wine specifically used for?

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Old 08-02-2008, 08:55 AM   #2
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Rice wine is the standard for many Chinese recipes. Dry sherry is considered the best generally available substitute.

Cooking sherry is awful stuff that's been loaded up with salt and other stuff to make it undrinkable. Don't use it.

Buy regular dry sherry and rice wines from your wine shop/liquor purveyor.
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Old 08-02-2008, 10:27 AM   #3
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When I make a Chinese-type marinade I use dry sherry. It's just a classic combo of:

soy sauce
dry sherry
brown sugar
sesame oil
sesame seeds
spring onion
fresh ginger
fresh garlic
sometimes a bit of pineapple juice depending on what "it" is

It's hard to say what "specifically" it's used for as it is in so many different dishes/recipes. It's used to give things that certain sweetness and taste once you use it you will say - "oh, that's what that flavor is".

When you say rice wine are you talking about saki? Or are you talking about rice wine vinegar? I just want to be sure.

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