There are many sake brands and the great part is there are just as many dishes that go well with sake. Many fermented dishes like salted squid might come to mind, but they can be hard to find in your local grocery stores. How about something simple that can be made right at home, where you spend a lot of your time these days? We’ll introduce two recipes using avocados, something you can find almost anywhere.
Kou Shui Ji style Avocado
We made our very own Kou Shui Ji (mouth-watering chicken) sauce and replaced the chicken with a sticky avocado and crunchy leeks. The sauce has a kick to it, but is also sweet and salty. We recommend pairing it with a sweet sake.
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1 teaspoon of sugar
2 teaspoons of vinegar
2 teaspoons of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of chili oil
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
1 teaspoon of grated garlic
2 teaspoons of ground sesame
5cm of leeks (white portion)
Sichuan pepper to taste
1. Mince the leeks.
2. Put all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix. Leave the mixture in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
3. Make 2cm avocado slices and arrange them on a plate.
4. Pour the sauce on the avocado and complete!
Avocado Caprese Salad
We replaced mozzarella cheese with Camembert cheese and added a dash of soy sauce to make it go well with sake. Junmaishu is our recommendation for a cheesy dish like this.
1 small wheel of Camembert
1 teaspoon of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Slice and cut the avocado, cheese, and tomato. Arrange them on a plate.
2. Mix the balsamic vinegar with the soy sauce.
3. Pour the sauce from 2 onto 1. Bon appétit!
You can make nibbles at home with ingredients from the grocery store.