Rice Vinegar

Rice Vinegar

Rice vinegar is made from fermented rice and is popular in China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

There is often confusion between rice vinegar and rice wine.  Rice vinegar is made much as rice wine is - by fermenting rice and converting it to alcohol - however, bacteria is then added to the fermentation process to turn the alcohol into an acid.

Several varieties of rice vinegar exist but can be broken down into three basic types:  white, black and red.

  • White vinegar is colorless to pale yellow and has a higher vinegar content than the other two types.  It is the mildest of the three and is most similar to western vinegars.
  • Black vinegar is very popular in southern China and has a deep, smoky flavor.
  • Red vinegar is popular in China and is distinctive for its complex, tart and sweet flavor.

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