Question by  BigGuy15 (20)

Is rice vinegar the same as rice wine vinegar?

I have a recipe that calls for rice wine vinegar and all I have is rice vinegar.


Answer by  Chemist47 (189)

Rice Vinegar is the same thing as Rice wine vinegar, it is an acceptable substitute. The vinegar must first be wine then it becomes vinegar so the two are synonymous.


Answer by  Olenka (176)

Vinegar is basically wine that you let sit for too long, so that it becomes sour/acid (vinegar comes from "vin aigre", meaning "sour wine" in French. So yes, rice wine vinegar is the same as rice vinegar.


Answer by  mandriloquai (324)

Rice vinegar is usually found in Japanese cuisine. Most of the rice vinegar comes from rice wine (sake) not aged. Flavor differences, if any, might be subtle, so it would be safe to use rice vinegar in your recipe. I don't think there are any differences besides the name.


Answer by  Vivi55 (287)

They do not taste the same, but it is fine to substitute a mild rice vinegar for rice wine vinegar. You may want to start with less than the recipe calls for, in case the flavor is too strong. Do not substitute white vinegar though, as it is more acidic and not as sweet as either of the rice vinegars.


Answer by  thisismenow (69)

The two are similar, yet different. Rice wine vinegar is used to more an incorporated flavor, while rice vinegar is added to enhance the flavors of the dish.


Answer by  SwappeR (12)

There are many kinds of rice vinegars and they all differ more or less in their taste. So you should be OK using just rice vinegar :)

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