This Shaoxing Wine Recipes collection includes everything from the classic Drunken Chicken to the savory Chicken Wonton Soup, all enhanced by the complexity of Chinese cooking wine.
What is Shaoxing Wine?
Shaoxing wine is a rice wine from Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province of China. It's clear and amber in color, with a mildly sweet aroma, and is made by fermenting rice, water, and a trace of wheat.
How is it used?
Shaoxing wine adds depth to marinades, dumpling fillings, stir-fries, sauces, and braised dishes.
You'll typically see it in red-cooked dishes such as "Chinese Braised Fish" and "Shanghai-style braised Pork Belly".
It's also a key ingredient in "Drunken Chicken," a traditional cold appetizer made by soaking poached chicken in a mixture of Shaoxing wine and stock.
Where to buy it?
Shaoxing wine is available in Chinese grocery stores, with many brands available. Pagoda is my recommended brand, but rest assured, any bottle will work.
This recipe is for Chinese Drunken Chicken, a classic Chinese comfort food! Preparing takes about 12 hours, but the result is worth it.
The chicken is tender, with a distinct aroma of Shaoxing wine. Simply poach the chicken and soak it in a brine for 12 hours to infuse the meat with the flavor.
To serve, cut the chicken into discs, drizzle with brine, and top with red dates and goji berries. This dish is typically served cold with other dishes and steamed rice.
This Instant Pot Braised Beef recipe takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to prepare.
It produces tender beef with a rich, fragrant sauce, perfect for slathering over white rice.
The dish is well-balanced and flavorful. Store it in the fridge overnight for maximum flavor!
For a more complete meal, use the braising liquid to cook vegetables such as napa cabbage, daikon radish, and broccoli.
This Chinese Braised Fish (Hong Shao Yu) recipe is ready in about 35 minutes!
It's traditionally served during Chinese New Year as a symbol of abundance, and it's customary not to flip the fish on the plate to avoid representing a capsized boat.
The dish features tender fish in a savory, slightly sweet sauce.
To serve, top the fish with the sauce and eat with cooked Chinese greens and rice.
This comforting Chinese classic, Chicken Wonton Soup, takes about 3 hours.
It features delicate chicken-filled wontons complemented by earthy shiitake mushrooms and napa cabbage.
Whether you're feeling under the weather or want something warm and filling, this homemade wonton soup is one of the best Shaoxing wine recipes!
This Cashew Chicken recipe is a quick, 20-minute stir-fry that tastes like your favorite Chinese takeout! It combines juicy chicken thighs with crunchy cashews and bell peppers.
For the best results, opt for chicken thighs over breasts, as they're juicier. Ensure you cook on high heat to achieve a good sear, and don't forget to marinate the meat for maximum flavor.
This Chinese Braised Chicken with Mushrooms recipe is simple and takes only one hour to make!
It features "double mushrooms," dried shiitakes, and dried wood ears braised in a flavorful, dark sauce. The mushrooms give it a delicious, savory taste.
For a quick and satisfying dinner, serve with steamed rice and leafy greens!
Here's another 20-minute recipe with Shaoxing wine! This chicken fried rice is a fully loaded dish with chicken, crunchy vegetables, fluffy eggs, and bacon.
Like all fried rice dishes, it comes together quickly once you start stir-frying. Make sure all your ingredients are prepped and close to your wok.
You can enjoy it as a side dish or a main course. Each cup of cooked rice is loaded with nearly two cups of other delicious ingredients like chicken, vegetables, and bacon!
Chicken Chow Mein is a quick and easy meal to prepare! This recipe features tender chicken and various vegetables over perfectly cooked noodles.
Chicken Chow Mein is a go-to option for a quick and tasty meal that can be enjoyed on its own or as part of a multi-dish dinner.
When ready to serve, assemble generous servings of Chicken Chow Mein with your preferred sides or as a stand-alone main course.
Hong Shao Rou, also known as Red Braised Pork, is a popular Chinese dish. The dish features juicy pork chunks simmered in a sticky, savory, and slightly sweet sauce.
I love making this recipe on weekends, where I can save the leftovers for eating throughout the work week.
Dark soy sauce gives the pork a caramelized char and a glossy finish.
Serve with white rice and stir-fried greens for the perfect Chinese comfort meal.
This recipe for Oyster Beef with Chinese Broccoli is a quick and satisfying beef stir-fry that takes about 20 minutes to prepare!
The dark soy sauce and oyster sauce add a savory, sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with the beef and Chinese broccoli.
The recipe is done in three main steps. Start by marinating the beef in a mixture of seasonings. While the beef rests, blanch the Chinese broccoli in boiling water and sauté it in a hot wok with ginger slices and marinated beef.
Finally, stir in the stir-fry sauce until everything is well combined.
11. Moo Shu Chicken
This Moo Shu Chicken recipe featuring tender chicken, crisp vegetables, and an umami-rich sauce takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to make!
Begin by marinating thin chicken strips in water, cornstarch, oil, sesame oil, and white pepper. Make an omelet with beaten eggs, cut into thin strips, and set aside while it rests.
Sear the marinated chicken in a hot wok until it's 80% done, then set it aside. Add the vegetables, Shaoxing wine, sauce ingredients, chicken and egg strips.
Toss in the scallions and serve with homemade pancakes for one of our favorite Shaoxing wine recipes!
This traditional northern Chinese dish takes approximately one hour to prepare! It has a savory and earthy flavor from the tender chicken and meaty mushrooms.
The sauce comprises light soy sauce for flavor, dark soy sauce for color, and other seasonings such as Shaoxing wine, ginger, star anise, sugar, and salt.
To serve, spoon the braised chicken and mushrooms over steamed rice. Enjoy this comforting Chinese dish!
This vegan Kung Pao stir-fry noodle comes together in about 30 minutes and yields a spicy, savory dish with a hint of sweetness and tanginess.
Simply toss the cooked noodles in the flavorful sauce and top with pan-fried tofu, toasted cashews, and scallions to serve.
You can add crushed Sichuan peppercorns or mala spice mix for an extra kick!
This Three Cup Chicken recipe features tender chicken coated in a sweet and savory glaze made with sesame oil, soy sauce, and Shaoxing wine.
It's a flavorful dish that combines fresh garlic, ginger, and basil and is perfect when served over fresh rice.
Enjoy this classic Chinese dish at home and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze for 3-4 months.
This Taiwanese comfort food classic, Lu Rou Fan (Taiwanese Braised Pork Rice Bowl), takes about 2 hours to prepare, but it is worth it!
Tender pork belly pieces are braised in a flavorful sauce with dark soy sauce and served over steamed white rice.
The dish has a sweet and savory flavor and is one of Taiwan's most popular rice dishes.
This Chicken and Green Bean Stir-Fry is a quick and flavorful dish. The distinct flavor comes from Shaoxing wine, so make sure to use the correct wine, not rice vinegar.
This recipe comes together quickly, so ensure you have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start cooking. Once you begin, there won't be a stopping point, so having everything handy will make the process smoother and more efficient.
This Asian-inspired recipe is a quick and easy dish cooked entirely in one skillet.
It features wide rice noodles, chicken, and a savory sauce made from oyster sauce, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, brown sugar, and Shaoxing wine.
To make the chicken more tender and juicy, you can pre-treat it with a bit of baking soda (¼ teaspoon). However, remember to rinse it off thoroughly before using it in the recipe.
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