5 Tangy-Sweet Rice Vinegar Substitutes

Oh, the versatility of rice. Cooked simply, it can slant savory or sweet. Try as they may, vegetables repurposed as rice, like cauliflower, can only dream of imitating its likeness. And while we all know (and love) rice in its granular form, this shape…

Oh, the versatility of rice. Cooked simply, it can slant savory or sweet. Try as they may, vegetables repurposed as rice, like cauliflower, can only dream of imitating its likeness. And while we all know (and love) rice in its granular form, this shape-shifter pantry staple can be ground or soaked into the main ingredient for noodles, bread, milk—you name it. Rice can even be fermented and processed into the main ingredient in a boozy beverage (hello, sake!)

Speaking of fermented rice: Rice vinegar, or rice wine vinegar, is a seasoning agent derived from similar ingredients, albeit produced with a different technique. Commonly used in East Asian and some Southeast Asian cuisines, it's delicately tangy and slightly sweet, making it more mild in flavor and less acidic than its Western counterparts in the vinegar section. Rice vinegar comes in a range of colors, from white to yellow to red to black—each with varying flavor nuances and acidity strengths.

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It’s Steak Night, Baby—Here Are 27 Creamy & Crunchy Sides

There’s something about steak that feels celebratory. You might have a go-to ribeye recipe for a holiday or anniversary, or you like to throw a New York strip on the grill to spruce up an otherwise ordinary weeknight. Countless variations in cut, tempe…

There's something about steak that feels celebratory. You might have a go-to ribeye recipe for a holiday or anniversary, or you like to throw a New York strip on the grill to spruce up an otherwise ordinary weeknight. Countless variations in cut, temperature, rub, and sauce make the slabs of beef all the more distinguished. I love a recipe that incorporates a side along with a steak—hey there, skirt steak and smashed cucumbers and Caesar-inspired flank steak (both of these meat marinades also act as a dressing for the side salad!)—but on a special “steak night,” I like to go big with the sides.

And just as there is a steak for every occasion, there is an ideal side (or three) for every steak. Here are 27 crunchy, spicy, creamy accompaniments that will further enhance your meal. Whether you’re looking for a flavor-packed counterpart to brighten up the table (think: citrusy asparagus and fiery kimchi fried rice), or prefer classic steakhouse fixin's (looking at you, scalloped potatoes and creamed spinach)—we’ve got sides that will put up a fight for center stage.

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