Many recipes, particularly Asian dishes, call for rice wine. But what if you can’t find it, what makes a good substitute?
There are a few different choices. The most common substitute is sherry, and is often used interchangeably in recipes.
Other substitution options include gin, which is probably the most popular choice after sherry, as well as white vermouth, sake and in a pinch, regular white wine.
Also, if you are having trouble finding rice wine at your local grocery store, do ask. I have found that they vary where they place it – I have found it with the vinegars, with oils, with Asian cooking ingredients and with condiments. So do ask because you might just be looking in the wrong place for the particular store you are in.