Friday, April 6, 2012

What in the world is...mirin

Mirin, oh mirin, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

Mirin is a new addition to the many condiments I love to cook with: mustard, tahini, nut butters, tamari, etc. But what in the world is it, anyway?

It is a kind of rice wine similar to sake, but with a lower alcohol content. I use it when making a nice peanut sauce (along with lime juice, garlic, ginger and peanut butter) to use over soba noodles. Hungry yet? :)

A low-alcohol, sweet, golden wine made from glutinous rice. Essential to the Japanese cook, mirin adds sweetness and flavor to a variety of dishes, sauces and glazes. It's available in all Japanese markets and the gourmet section of some supermarkets. Mirin is also referred to simply as rice wine .

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