I like to prepare various Asian dishes and one of the important ingredients I use is rice wine; unfortunately, it's become difficult to obtain lately, and sherry, which is sometimes used, never was a beverage available in my country.

So, what else could I substitute for rice wine?

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If you can get it, sherry is usually a good bet but since you can't, I've used just regular white wine before as a substitute when you're cooking a dish but you just need to be a little less liberal as you might be with rice wine as I find the flavour tends to be a little stronger.

Another alternative is Sake, but I'm assuming that if you can't get rice wine, you'll struggle to find Sake.

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    +1 for sherry - several Asian recipes actually call for either sherry or rice wine. BTW, it's spelled sake.
    – Aaronut
    Commented Jul 13, 2010 at 14:05
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    FYI - I think a dry sherry or white (fairly non-oak in flavor, like a Sauvignon Blanc) is usually the way to go. Just "sherry" or "white" leaves open a pretty broad and differing range of possible results. Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 19:55

White vermouth works well, and it will keep a long time, particularly if you refrigerate it

  • That's a possibility. I'll have to try that. Thanks.
    – Pulse
    Commented Jul 17, 2010 at 15:56

I've heard that gin is one the closest substitutes in terms of flavor and that regular white wine works as well in a pinch. I haven't had to do this much myself so I'm not sure what kind of ratio you should go with in these substitutions.

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    Naw, see... You use the gin to make martinis, and cook with the vinegar that the olives came packed in... If it doesn't taste right, you didn't drink enough gin while making it.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jul 13, 2010 at 17:24
  • I think the problem with gin would be the alcohol content, even though it may be a flavour substitute.
    – Pulse
    Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 2:06
  • @Knives I'm not big on Martinis but a large G&T would hit the mark :)
    – Pulse
    Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 2:07
  • I love a good g&t, but.. I hate olives in them!
    – Shog9
    Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 2:58

Gin.... Gin...... Gin. Works great.

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