Japanese rice vinegar is is made by fermenting rice wine and rice mash (sake lees). It has a mild and mellow flavor with a unique grain flavor. Rice vinegar is a common flavoring for many Asian cuisines and Japan in particular. Rice vinegar is one of the primary ingredients in sushi rice.
Uses: Use rice vinegar to make cold pickles such as sunomono. Add rice vinegar to braises, soups, and dips to add contrast and flavor. Vinegar can remove gamey and fishy odors in marinades.