It’s probably no secret to you that Chinese cuisines are known the use of spices and sauces. But did you know that a crucial part of creating a taste sensation is the use of rice vinegar? Not just any type of rice vinegar, but Chinkiang vinegar; also called Zhenjiang vinegar. Continue reading as we will share a delicious recipe with you!
Why is rice vinegar so important in Chinese cuisines?
Black rice vinegar is used in various Chinese dishes. Firstly, because black rice vinegar gives a dish a special umami touch. Secondly, because of several health benefits. Chinkiang vinegar can be used as a dipping sauce for dumplings or for stews! No wonder that black rice vinegar is part of the basic products in each Chinese household.
Not only tasty but also healthy!
Did you know that rice vinegar can offer several potential health benefits? For instance, a Chinese archaeologist found medical texts in the third century BC. These texts describe recipes for 52 ailments. People used rice vinegar as a medicinal basis for ulcers, inflammations, and insect bites.
During the fermentation process, the vinegar is enriched with various vitamins, minerals, and other healthy nutrients. This delicious invention often contains vitamin B, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and mineral salts.
Where does the name Zhenjiang come from?
Zhenjiang vinegar is named after the city of Zhenjiang, located in the eastern province of Jiangsu. The vinegar that originated from this Chinese city is made from glutinous rice and used to be aged in special clay pots. As a result, this process gives a more intense earthy flavor to the vinegar. Don’t have black rice vinegar at home yet? Buy one via Asian Gmarket.
Enjoy a recipe with Chinkiang vinegar
Of course, our chefs created another delicious recipe for you. Try out our sweet and sour spareribs recipe with a touch of black rice vinegar.
Learn how to make your own sweet and sour spareribs in three easy steps via this link. Tip: when purchasing our Chinkiang vinegar, don’t forget to order a tasty Chinese snack. The crispy Shelly Senbei Seaweed crackers have a nice bite and are a favorite in China. Perfect to enjoy while preparing your Asian-style spareribs.