Ditch Alcohol with These Simple Ingredients!


If cooking is your hobby, then finding Western or Chinese cuisine that use alcoholic ingredients in their recipe is not a strange thing. However recreating those dish will be a little bit tricky since they are using alcohol which is unlawful under Islamic Law. Fortunately, we can substitute the alcohol with various ingredients that will have similar final taste and you might already have them in your kitchen.


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Rum is a liquor made by fermenting and distilling sugarcane molasses or sugarcane juice. This ingredient contains around 40-50% of alcohol. Besides its main purpose as a beverage, chefs also use rum for baking and making desserts. To replace Rum, we can use Apple Juice and Almond Extract.


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Mirin is a Japanese rice wine made from fermented rice. People use Mirin to make Japanese cuisine such as sushi, salmon teriyaki, and many more. The alcohol percentage in Mirin is around 15% and it also contains 40-50% of sugar. The high percentage of sugar makes Mirin tastes sweet. To substitute Mirin, we can use a mixture of Lemon, Grape Juice, and Sugar.

Red Wine

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Red wine is a type of wine made from dark-colored grape varieties. Red wine contains around 12-15% of alcohol. People consumes red wine as a beverage or use it as an ingredient to make food such as pasta or sauce mixture. As a red wine replacement, we can use Grape Juice and Cranberry Juice.

White Wine

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White wine is a type of wine made from green or yellow grape varieties. It contains around 12-15% of alcohol. Chefs or home cooks use this ingredient to soften meat or as a deglaze cooking juice. Chicken or Vegetable Broth and Apple Juice are the ingredients to use as a replacement for white wine.

Ang Ciu (Chinese Cooking Wine)

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Ang Ciu or Huangjiu cooking wine is a Chinese cooking wine made from rice or glutinous rice. This ingredient contains around 15% of alcohol. Ang Ciu creates umami flavor in Chinese cuisine. We can use Soy Sauce, Ginger, and Lime as a replacement for Ang Ciu or Huangjiu.

Also read: ‘Zero Alcohol’ Beer, Is It Halal To Be Consumed?

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