Serrano-Lemongrass Vinegar

Preparation info

  • Makes About

    3 cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in

China Moon Cookbook

By Barbara Tropp

Published 1992

  • About

A dressed-up rice vinegar lively with the tastes of serrano chili and lemongrass. Shop for Marukan rice vinegar with the green label (unseasoned), which is easily found, or the harder to find but equally good Mitsukan.

Those who avoid chili can simply omit it here.


  • 3 cups unseasoned Japanese rice vinegar
  • ½ cup quarter-size thin coins fresh ginger, smashed


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a non-aluminum pot, then bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Remove the pot from the heat and let stand until cool.
  2. Store the mixture in an impeccably clean glass jar. If you wish, you may strain out the solids before storing, but do not press down on them while doing so. Another alternative is to leave only the chilis in the ja