I’m putting this here rather than spirits section: I’ve almost used up a bottle of rice wine and went to an Asian market to look for a new one. I read it’s better to get one without salt as an ingredient.
There were a lot on the shelf and no employee to discuss.
Any ideas? I have a bottle of vermouth I use for cooking, couldn’t I just use that?
I’ll bet I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
Seems a lot more expensive - and silly -
to open a bottle of beer for a tbsp than to just buy a bottle of inexpensive shaoxing wine for the pantry — especially when someone has stated the goal of cooking more chinese food.
Off topic slightly, at the market I most often shop at, I have often encountered older gentlemen stopping by for a bottle or two of something while I was trying to make sense of the choices.
At a market a bit further away that I go to less often but much prefer, last week I was blocked by 4 young folks crowded around the shaoxing wine sale display, loading up baskets with the cheapest one on offer.
I assumed that the value proposition of wanting some kind of booze to drink when price sensitive was strongly in favor of the 2.99 sale bottles vs conventional options (never mind the better, pricey shaoxing wine in the video linked earlier).
For cooking, the salt added alcohol is fine. It is cheaper. I know many people like Shao Xing rice wine, but truth is that for what I do… it really does not matter much. If we do exactly what we ask for for every recipes… we will have 20+ different cooking wine. Just my Japanese recipes easily ask for more than three different rice alcohol.
I think someone told you to use the one without salt is because… typically speaking, the one with salt is the lowest quality and only for cooking. So there is your indirect reasoning… the quality for cooking alcohol does not need to be good. I won’t worry too much about this. That being said, you can always use higher quality alcohol if you want.
This reminds me of something. In Japan, children often use green tea for gargling. Low quality tea is used for gargling.