Chinese sweet vinegar peanuts

Peanuts in sweet vinegar, sometimes called old vinegar peanut (老醋花生,  lǎo cù hua shēng). I first tried these sweet vinegar peanuts in a hotel in Shaanxi Province. They were so moreish I nearly finish the whole bowl. When I got back home I set about trying to make some myself. This may not be the exact method but it produces a similar results.

Sauce Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons black vinegar, or balsamic vinegar.
  • 3 teapoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped coriander
  • 1 slice of ginger
Stir-fry the peanuts


  • Stir fry the peanuts for 10 – 15 minutes until they are browned and fragrant. Put aside in a bowl and leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  • For the sauce, combine the coriander, vinegar, brown sugar, salt and ginger in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce until the sauce is syrupy.
  • Poor the sauce over the peanuts and stir to coat, serve at room temperature.
Peanuts coated in the sweet vinegar sauce

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