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Black Rice Vinegar

Black Rice Vinegar

Black Rice Vinegar
© Denzil Green

Black Rice Vinegar (aka Jinjiang) is a very dark coloured, dark brownish-red, fragrant vinegar. The most well-known versions are Chinese, but it is also made in Japan.

The vinegar is particularly popular in southern China. A well-known brand name is "Gold Plum."

It is made from sticky (white) rice, water and salt. Some brands may add some millet, wheat, sorghum or soybeans to the rice, or use them instead of the rice. Some have so much added caramel and sugar for flavour and colour that they may be the dominant flavours.

Good ones are aged, somewhat sweet, smoky and earthy tasting. Some people feel they've every right to be called as complex as balsamic vinegar.

Many feel that the best ones are made in the province of Chinkiang (aka Zhejiang.)

Japanese versions of black rice vinegar may be made from rice, barley and brown rice. Made mostly in southern Japan, in Kagoshima, they are aged from 3 months to a year.

Black rice vinegar can be used as an ingredient or as a dipping condiment. It is also used in braising, in sauces and in stir-fries, and in soups such as Shark Fins Soup.

Not the same as soy sauce.


1/2 balsamic vinegar, 1/2 red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar or red rice vinegar with a small amount of added sugar or 1/2 Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 apple cider vinegar


Generally quite high in sodium.

See also:


Acetic Acid; Acidulated Water; Acidulate; Arengga Vinegar; Balsamic Vinegar; Banyuls Vinegar; Black Rice Vinegar; Blueberry Vinegar; Borage Vinegar; Burnet Vinegar; Cane Vinegar; Champagne Vinegar; Cider Vinegar; Coconut Vinegar; Date Vinegar; Fennel Vinegar; Fig Vinegar; Herbed Vinegars; Horseradish Vinegar; Malt Vinegar; Mint Vinegar; Mother of Vinegar; Palm Vinegar; Peroxide and Vinegar Sterilization; Perry Vinegar; Pineapple Vinegar; Plum Vinegar; Raisin Vinegar; Raspberry Vinegar; Red Rice Vinegar; Red Wine Vinegar; Rice Vinegar; Seasoned Rice Vinegar; Sherry Vinegar; Suka Vinegar; Tarragon Vinegar; Verjuice; Vinaigre d'Orléans; Vinegar Pie; Vinegar; Whey Vinegar; White Balsamic Vinegar; White Vinegar; White Wine Vinegar; Yuzu Vinegar

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Also called:

Black Vinegar; Brown Rice Vinegar; Chekiang Vinegar; Chinese Black Vinegar; Chinkiang Vinegar; Shaoxing Vinegar; Zhejiang Vinegar; Vinaigre noir de Chine (French); Kurosu (Japanese); Chit choe, Shaoxing (Chinese)


Oulton, Randal. "Black Rice Vinegar." CooksInfo.com. Published 27 June 2004; revised 15 February 2007. Web. Accessed 10/28/2016. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/black-rice-vinegar>.

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