What is Shaoxing cooking wine?

“Shaoxing Jiu” is a popular alcoholic beverage in China. Shaoxing is the name of the city where they brew it, and “Jiu” means “wine” in Chinese. Not only using it for cooking, people in China like drinking it with their meal. Sometimes they make it warm to drink as well as enjoying it at room temperature. 

Shaoxing cooking wine may be available in your local Asian shop, but I don’t really recommend that you drink it!  

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