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Rice Wine For Keema

Asked by Victay. Answered on 5th August 2020

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Hello. Please could you advise whether the rice wine in the Korean Keema is rice wine vinegar, mirin or sake?. I made it with mirin. It was nice but I’d like it to be true to the recipe.

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Korean Keema
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Nigella's Korean Keema (from KITCHEN) uses minced turkey that is cooked with a sauce made from Chinese rice wine. The wine in the recipe is not rice wine vinegar or mirin, but a slightly amber coloured liquid that is made by fermenting rice. Somethimes it is labelled as "Chinese cooking wine" or "Shaoxing rice wine" and can be bought in some larger supermarkets or from Asian grocery stores. It has an ABV of around 13%.

You can certainly use the Korean version of dry rice wine, otherwise sake (Japanese rice wine) would be a possible alternative. You can also use dry, darker sherry (such as an Amontillado) as an alternative. Mirin is sweet Japanese rice wine so it would not be our preference to use this, but you can use Mirin if you like the sweeter taste.

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