• 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


  • 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

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.

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