• A Mala Market Exclusive
  • Handmade vinegar from Langzhong, Sichuan, in a style dating to 936 A.D.
  • Aged for 10 years
  • Brewed from 6 grains and a starter yeast of Chinese medicinal herbs 
  • No additives or preservatives; no added salt or sugar
  • A China Green Food, free of pesticides and pollutants
  • Large, 24 oz bottle

Baoning Handcrafted Vinegar, Aged 10 Years

15 Reviews

  • A Mala Market Exclusive
  • Handmade vinegar from Langzhong, Sichuan, in a style dating to 936 A.D.
  • Aged for 10 years
  • Brewed from 6 grains and a starter yeast of Chinese medicinal herbs 
  • No additives or preservatives; no added salt or sugar
  • A China Green Food, free of pesticides and pollutants
  • Large, 24 oz bottle

Note: We are receiving notice from customers of small leaks from some of these bottles during shipment. Because they are not leaking when shipped, we cannot predict which ones will have this problem. This will not affect the quality of the product, as vinegar lasts for years at room temperature, but please be aware that this is a possibility. We will gladly replace any bottles with significant leakage. 

Sichuan's Baoning vinegar is one of the four famous vinegars of China. We are now carrying two handmade Baoning vinegars instead of Zhenjiang vinegar, because Baoning is a better match for Sichuan food and because it contains no added salt or sugar, as even the best commercially available Zhenjiang vinegar does. You can substitute Baoning for Zhenjiang in any Sichuan recipe and most other Chinese recipes. Because it has no added sugar, you might need less Baoning. 

The pride of Langzhong, an ancient city in northeastern Sichuan, Baoning vinegar traces its history to 936 A.D., during the Five Dynasties period. Its modern accolades begin with a gold medal at the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair, and since then it has racked up China's highest honors, including China Time-Honored Brand, Sichuan Intangible Cultural Heritage, and gold-medal Green Food, China's pollution-free designation.

While this kind of history for a food brand is kind of unfathomable in the West, we believe it can be tasted in today's product. It's hard to describe Baoning vinegar's smell, but whiffing a vinegar aged for 10 years smells a bit like walking into an ancient vinegar workshop and breathing in the centuries.

Deep red-brown and full-bodied, its taste is more savory than sweet, and the multigrain composition—rice, bran, wheat, corn, sorghum and buckwheat—hits the nose and palate in unfamiliar but intriguing ways. Part of the intrigue also turns out to be its fermentation starter, which—uniquely among Chinese vinegars—is created from Chinese medicinal herbs. 

The Baoning Vinegar Company makes many variations with different grains, blends and ages, and we have chosen this top-of-the-line 10-year one as well as one that is a blend of vinegars that are mostly about 3 years old. The Mala Market is proud to be first in the U.S. to carry premium, aged, handmade Baoning Vinegar. (You'll occasionally see the mass-market version in Chinese supermarkets here.)

Baoning vinegar is used in almost all Sichuan cold sauces for noodles and vegetables and is a must-have ingredient for yu xiang and gong bao (kung pao) and other sweet-and-sourish dishes.

Producer: Sichuan Baoningcu Co., Langzhong, Sichuan
Size: 700 ml (23.7 ounces)
Ingredients: water, rice, bran, wheat, corn, sorghum, buckwheat
Contains: wheat

Best by: Vinegar has no expiration date