Have you been enjoying your sake? One thing that people can’t go without when drinking sake are nibbles. We would like to introduce some simple nibbles-or so you thought. This time we’re recommending some sake nibble recipes and the right way to “eat” sake.
Noodles – A Perfect Pair
Take our word when we say that any type of noodle goes well with sake. For example, instant noodles, which some people eat quite often. When you make instant noodles, put one sake cup full of sake into the pot right before you turn off the heat to make it taste even more delicious. The amount of sake added might seem like a lot, but it’ll make the soup mild and take away some of the oily scent from the fried noodles.
Sake also goes well with yakisoba. After stir-frying the noodles, pour some sake on top of it to give the noodles a chewier texture.
As you can see, noodles and sake are a great match, even though it might not seem like your “eating” sake at all. So now, we’ll tell you how real sake lovers do it.
Sake Somen – A Drink That’s a Nibble
A dish that almost all sake lovers would agree is delicious is sake somen! Making it is simple. Instead of using mentsuyu (noodle soup base) to dip your somen noodles, use sake instead. Put sake in a small cup, let the noodles soak up the sake, then slurp it up. Somen is full of proteins, but the flavor is mild, so you can really enjoy the taste of sake. The experience will be different as it’ll feel like you’re really “eating” it!
We also recommend adding condiments like when you normally eat somen. Try Japanese ginger, green onions, wasabi, and or ginger. Sake isn’t as flavorful as mentsuyu, so we are sure it’d be interesting to explore what combinations and amounts of condiments you prefer when changing up the taste.
Sake Chazuke – A Dish with Core Fans
The last dish we would like you to try “eating” is sake chazuke. As the name suggests, you guessed it, pour sake on top of the rice instead of boiling water. However, nothing else is added on top like ochazuke. It is simply white rice and sake. We suggest using cold rice as hot rice would make the scent of alcohol from the sake a little too strong. We think you’ll either like or hate it. If you consider yourself a true sake lover, try it at your own risk!