Thursday, January 31, 2008
Chinese Rose Wine (Mei Kuei Lu Chiew) with cocktail recipes
Nope, Chinese Rose wine is not pinkish like its western counterpart...but clear...and the alcohol content is...54%!!!!!!! (normal wines have around 9-14%, liquers around 40%)
It is predominantly a cooking wine and is made from sorghum wine (gao liang jiu) and distilled rose petals, sugar and salt.
What is it used for???
Apparently bak kua (dried pork) and lup cheong (chinese pork susuages)... the company's website informs me that it has been hailed as China's Brandy and can be used as a base for various cocktails.
compared to the usual shao xing wine ($1.6- 5), chinese rose wines ranged from $6.5- $8....at first i thought it was a bit expensive...but hey, $6.50 for a bottle of brandy isn't bad at all!!!!
Taste wise...it is quite hot, has a very subtle rose fragrance and is quite salty (instead of sweet as I expected). I got it to make Bak Kua for a dear friend who is leaving for Port Lincoln for her first placement...the meat is currently marinating in the fridge..
I must admit that I am quite impressed with the packaging of the wine...it comes in quite a presentable box and the bottle is sealed with gold foil and even has a promotional leaflet showing a pretty pictures of the production process (a whole vat of pink rose petals) and recipes for some cocktails...seems positively luxurious!! (very rare in my experience for made in china foodstuffs.. :P the grocers here must have just been importing the lower end products..)
1 kg of bak kua requires... (cue drumroll..) 2 tablespoons of the wine...so now i have a full bottle left...Rose cocktails anyone???
** Lily did mention that the wine can be substituted with shao xing wine but for first attempts, i usually prefer to get the exact ingredients and then experiment with following attempts...
here are some rose wine cocktails from the company's website for the benefit of non-chinese reading friends...
Night of Tianjin
1/6 rose wine
5/6 pineapple juice
Put some crushed ice and pineapple juice into a glass, add rose wine and stir. Serve.
Night in Paris
1/6 rose wine
4/6 orange juice
1 egg white
Add crushed ice to shaker, add the rest of the ingredients, and shake vigorously.
Pour into cocktail glass.
2/3 rose wine
Add wine and juice to crushed ice. Top with some lemonade. Stir and put into a ball glass.
½ rose wine
Add to crushed ice, stir, and serve in short glass.