I am not kidding you; smoked meals and sake are one of the best matches in sake pairing. Smoked meat is, and always has been, popular. Although it takes some time in preparing, the technique required is actually very simple. It tastes great without needing too much effort.
Smoking, as in food preparation, is just like magic. It gives your food a fancy touch and totally up your cooking game. Have you ever thought of Why people are so drawn to smoked meat? It is because of its scent. Just like you can’t taste the food you are eating when you have a runny nose, our bodies taste food through our noses first and foremost, instead of our tongues.
Speaking of traditional Japanese smoked food, “Iburigakko” (a sort of smoked pickled radish) from Akita prefecture may come first to many people’s mind. In old days, people hung the radish over the hearth to prevent the radish from freezing given Akita prefecture has very snowy and cold winters. If your kitchen does not have enough utensils/equipment to make smoked meals, give the “Iburigakko and sake” pairing a try (you can find Iburigakko in Japanese-owned supermarkets and grocery stores)! You can enjoy the great scent of smoked food with ginjo sake!