Nibbles that come to mind when drinking sake are usually Japanese foods or washoku like sashimi and fish. It is said that nibbles that go well with ordinary sake go well with any sake due to how versatile sake is. Actually, sake is the perfect match with many types of dishes from around the world. We’ll tell you about the characteristics of four types of sake and the dishes that go well with them.
Dishes Based on Sake Aroma and Taste
Sake is generally classified into four categories: Kunshu, Soushu, Junshu, and Jukushu. Read more to find out about what food you should prepare with each type.
The “kun” in Kunshu means fragrant and includes sake like ginjoshu and daiginjoshu, ones that have a fruity aroma. They are refreshing and go well with simple dishes in which the full flavor of the ingredients can be tasted and aren’t over flavored.
As the name suggests, Soushu refers to a pleasant and refreshing sake. It is similar to Kunshu in that sense, however, the scent is also very mild. Because of this, Soushu can easily be paired with almost any dish. We suggest light dishes with a hint of sweetness, like yudofu (hot tofu) or chawanmushi (steamed egg custard).
Junshu includes sake like junmaishu or sake brewed using the Kimoto method, known for their strong rice taste. Because it is flavorful, it goes well with boiled fish, strongly seasoned meat, or rich flavored food like cheese. It’s also great with dishes that use butter or milk too.
This type of sake is aged for a long time, therefore has a very deep and rich aroma. The best characteristics of sake can be enjoyed with Jukushu and it is almost like Shaoxing rice wine. Fatty dishes and dishes rich in flavor cannot win over Jukushu, so it goes well with main dishes from all around the world.
So, did any of the types of sake mentioned interest you? Sake is a great alcoholic beverage because there are so many ways to enjoy it, just by pairing it with different dishes. Even temperature affects how a sake will taste, so the temperature of the dish will also change your experience. We hope you find the best dish that goes with your favorite sake!