The Chinese Pantry

These ingredients offer authentic flavor for Chinese cooking. You can find many of them in large supermarkets, and all of them in an Asian grocery.

Lee Harrelson


This fermented rice wine (pronounced shaow-SHEEN) is produced in northern China. If you pick up a bottle labeled “Shaoxing Cooking Wine,” know that it might contain added salt, so you may need to cut back on salt in the recipe. Substitute dry sherry in a pinch.

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