Shaoxing Wine

Shaoxing, or Chinese rice wine, is prized as a cooking and drinking wine and used as a component in Chinese herbal medicine as well. It is named for the city in which it is made. It is available in Chinese and Asian markets and well-stocked wine stores. It tastes a little like sherry, so if you can’t find it, sherry is an acceptable substitute. Shaoxing cooking wine (and other cooking wines) often contain added salt, so if you are using it, taste your mixture before adding salt or soy sauce and adjust as needed.