• A Mala Market Exclusive
  • Handmade vinegar from Langzhong, Sichuan, in a style dating to 936 A.D.
  • A blend of mostly 3-year-old vinegars
  • 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

Baoning Handcrafted Vinegar

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  • A Mala Market Exclusive
  • Handmade vinegar from Langzhong, Sichuan, in a style dating to 936 A.D.
  • A blend of mostly 3-year-old vinegars
  • 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

Good news! We have a new shipment of this vinegar that is NOT prone to leaking. The manufacturer assures us they have fixed that problem. Thank you for your patience with this product over the last year. 

Sichuan's Baoning vinegar is one of the four famous vinegars of China. We are now carrying two handmade Baoning vinegars. While eastern China's Zhenjiang vinegar is more well-known outside China, Baoning can be substituted in Sichuan recipes and most other Chinese recipes. It is slightly less acidic than Zhenjiang, so you may want to use a bit more. 

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.

Red-brown and medium-bodied, this vinegar's 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 one—a blend of vinegars that are mostly about 3 years old—and an older, super-premium one aged 10 years. 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: 500 ml (16.9 ounces)
Ingredients: water, rice, bran, wheat, corn, sorghum, buckwheat
Contains: wheat

Best by: Vinegar has no expiration date