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Asian Liquor Stores?

Rene G | Sep 23, 2002 09:38 PM

I just bought a few new Asian cookbooks and now need to do a major kitchen restocking. I wonder if anyone can suggest a good source for Chinese wine and liquor. I’m mainly interested in Shaoxing wine (particularly some aged versions) and maybe some distilled spirits like Mao Tai, Du Kang, and their relatives.

When shopping at Asian markets I don’t usually pay too much attention to the alcohol, I just pick up a bottle of whatever Shaoxing wine is available. I remember Diho having a pretty good selection but it’s been years since I used to go to the mall for breakfast with a Chinese friend. Is their booze selection still good? I also remember the liquor store at Mitsuwa having an impressive sake selection. Do they have much non-Japanese stock? Although both places are well worth a trip, I’d prefer someplace in the city. Around Argyle, Broadway Market has the widest selection I can remember but it’s still not all that great. In South Chinatown I can’t think of any good stores for wine and liquor. Chicago Food has an okay liquor department but as I remember it’s mostly Korean rice wines, soju, and international liquor brands. Any ideas?

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