There are many flavors of sake, and the variations are truly rich. This means that it has the potential to be paired with many different types of food.
So, let’s check out some sake pairings in cuisines worldwide!
In this article, I will introduce one of the most varied and one of the world’s three great cuisines, Chinese food and sake pairings.
Sake goes great with Chinese food!
One of the most popular Chinese drinks is Shaoxing wine. Like sake, Shaoxing is a type of rice wine that has been aged for a long time and is made in Shaoxing, China. Shaoxing is different from sake in many ways, particularly because it is made from glutinous rice, whereas sake is made from non-glutinous rice.
Even though the rice is different, Shaoxing wine is made by maturing rice. Jukushu (matured sake) has a similar aroma to Shaoxing wine and therefore can be easily paired with Chinese food.
However, there are people who like sake but don’t like the flavor of jukushu. In this case, a full-bodied, full-flavored sake is the way to go. This is because most Chinese food uses a lot of oil, so a delicate, light-flavored one like Soushu might be overpowered.
Warmed sake is especially recommended, and its deepening aroma makes it a very good match for Chinese food!
What kind of Chinese food is recommended?
Chinese food is extremely varied in terms of regions and cooking methods, so which are the best ones to try?
In fact, as I mentioned earlier, Chinese flavors and sake go well together, so you don’t have to choose which way to go with them. If I had to put it another way, I would say that sake from Japan goes particularly well with foods that are popular with the Japanese taste buds.
For instance, take gyoza. In China, the home of gyoza, boiled dumplings are said to be the most popular type of gyoza, but in Japan, the standard for gyoza is fried gyoza. As you can see, you may want to look at how popular it is in other cultures to make your choice.
Other dishes that are particularly popular include standards like mapo tofu and shrimp chili, which go well with sake. Happosai also has a lot of ingredients that make for fun pairings. Hakkaku is a characteristic Chinese seasoning, and its sweet aroma tickles the nostrils when paired with sake.
What do you think? I hope you will try all kinds of Chinese food and sake pairings!