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Aug 25, 2015

Chinese Red Glutinous Rice Wine Stewed Chicken

Sigh …. I’m in heaven ….
Thank you, Pris!

It’s been too long since Priscilla’s grandmother fed me my first taste of this very traditional Foo Chow (Hock Chew) dish. Stewed Red Wine Chicken. At the first look of it, I was a little scared. But after the first bite ….. I made the little old lady happy by asking for a second helping. Or maybe she just thought I was such a greedy girl.
She’d passed away two years ago. Bless her soul. 
There goes my chance of having more of this wonderful dish, or so I thought. 
I did give the commercial ones a try and they have never been up to par. It’s either too sweet or too sour. Seriously, I thought this was a difficult dish to make. 
Another friend made some for me when she’d got a homemade batch of the wine and lees. And I went off to heaven again. Sigh … will I ever be able to make this myself?
Then Priscilla came for a visit and brought me a bottle of homemade red wine and lees (made by her niece), recipe handed down from grandma! Gosh … I didn’t know if I could pull this off. 

Well waddaya know? I did. I know it doesn’t look like the real thing. Hey, it’s my first attempt but the taste is just as heavenly as I remembered it. And you know, it isn’t rocket science. In fact, I took the lazy way out and just dumped everything in the slow cooker.
You’re suppose to sauté some ginger for garnish and brown the chicken pieces before stewing. Oh what the heck. 

By the way, this isn’t red wine made from grapes. It’s made from red glutinous rice. So, basically, it’s a rice wine with a glaringly vibrant deep red. That’s why it’s so scary looking. 


Half a chicken, cut into large chunks
1 heaped tbs Chinese glutinous red wine lees
1 cup Chinese red wine
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbs finely grated ginger or ginger juice
5 - 6 pieces thick sliced old ginger


(Like I said I did the lazy easy way)

Marinade chicken pieces with the lees, sesame oil and grated ginger. 
Leave for 30 mins to an hour
Plonk chicken into slow cooker.
Add sliced ginger, Chinese red wine and soy sauce.
Set slow cooker to High and cook for about 2 - 3 hours or until chicken is cooked. 
(You don’t want to overcook the chicken or it’ll fall off the bone)

Serve as is with fluffy white rice or the traditional way, over cooked rice vermicelli.

*What I’d learnt from this dish. It isn’t in the cooking. It’s in the wine making. Good wine makes good stew.
The commercial stuff …. yuk. Chinese glutinous red wine making is an art.


  1. Ping, that looks absolutely yum! I feel like taking a spoon and scooping the red gravy. I've always been curious about this red rice wine but I don't seem to see it being sold anywhere. I guess the only way to get hold of it is when someone gives it to you!

    1. Hey PH. I have come across the wine at some Chinese meds shops but those that I've tried have been pretty disgusting. I resorted to just ordering at restaurants thinking I must have cooked them wrong but those were just as disgusting ... either too sweet or too something or other. Then I tried this batch that my friend gave me .... it doesn't take much to make it nice! It's just all in the production of the wine.
      When I can get my hands on more of the stuff, I'll share it with you ... will let you know.