What is a decent substitute for Chinese cooking wine? Will Marsala work?
Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)
A dry sherry will work.
AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.
I use a medium dry sherry. Marsala would likely be too sweet and heavy, at least for my taste. Mirin (Japanese rice wine) is also a great substitute, but be sure to check for sweetness, when using any of these -- or when using the Chinese cooking wine, for that matter -- and add a dash of vinegar to sharpen the sauce, if necessary. ;o)
I'd like to know a little more about the recipe, but I'd be tempted to try sake, with maybe a tiny bit of mirin.
I use a dry sherry (usually manzanilla or amontillado) or in a pinch I have substituted dry white wine.
I'd like to try the wildcard-winning Gong Bao tonight and my liquor cabinet is frighteningly bare. I have some mirin so perhaps I'll try that and reduce the sugar a tad as AntoniaJames points out. Thanks for the input!
amysarah is a trusted home cook.
If you mean the darker Chinese cooking wine - Shao hsing - then dry sherry is a very good sub; for white Chinese cooking wine - a dry white (French, Italian, California, whatever.)
Mirin cab be okay too, but it's much sweeter than white Chinese wine, so adjust accordingly.
My chinese cooking teacher always used scotch.
I always substitute tequilan for Chinese wine.
Thanks everyone, I have scotch & tequila & mirin... so one will work!
I am so intrigued by the idea of using Scotch!! Definitely going to file that interesting tidbit for use in the near future. ;o)
Please enter a valid email address.
Well played. You deserve a cookie.
Happier desk lunches, right this way.
Canned Chickpea Taste Test
A Gallery of Chopsticks
$50 and Under Wonders
Vegan Comfort Foods
A Dansk Plus-One: Buy a Skillet, Get Another on Us
Captcha must be verfied
Already have an account?
Don't have an account?
Please check your email for instructions on how to reset your password
Successfully logged out
Get the recipes and features that have us talking, plus first dibs on events and limited-batch products.
(Oh, and $10 off your order of $50 or more in the Food52 Shop, too.)
Thanks! We'll email you when it's available again.