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Rice Vinegar

White Rice Vinegar

White Rice Vinegar
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Rice Vinegar (aka Rice Wine Vinegar) is a vinegar made from either fermented rice or from rice wine.

There are three different kinds: red, white and black.
  • Red rice vinegar is used as a dip for foods. It has a sweet and sour taste;
  • Black rice vinegar, aka "Jinjiang", is used in stir-fries and dressings. It has a salty taste. See separate entry;
  • The white is used in sweet and sour dishes; it has a mild taste.

Chinese Rice Vinegars are, in general, stronger than Japanese.

One type of Japanese rice vinegar is made by blending rice vinegar with sake.

There is another kind that is flavoured; see separate entry on Seasoned Rice Vinegar.

Cooking Tips

Considering using white rice vinegar not just in Asian cooking -- it's also good in salads where you want a mild white vinegar.
White Rice Vinegar

White Rice Vinegar
© Denzil Green


Any vinegar that you deem appropriate for the dish you are making, bearing the mind the guidelines above about the white being milder, etc.


The red and black versions can be quite high in sodium. The white is usually sodium-free.

History Notes

The Chinese have used rice vinegar for over 5,000 years.

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:

Rice Vinegar; Vinaigre de riz (French); Su, Zu (Japanese)


Oulton, Randal. "Rice Vinegar." CooksInfo.com. Published 27 November 2002; revised 11 June 2007. Web. Accessed 03/21/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/rice-wine-vinegar>.

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