Drink Sake on its own or with a snack?


A good expat friend of mine living in the same City of Shizuoka City asked me if one should drink sake on its own or accompanied by a snack.
Well, if you only wish to drink sake for the sake (no pun!) of tasting it, I would advise you to forget any food as the “flavour” will linger inside your palate for quite a while.
On the other hand, drinking sake, like any other alcoholic beverage, on an empty stomach might turn into a quick way to get tipsy, if not outright drunk.
As a matter of course, I either drink my sake at the very beginning or the very end of a meal. Sake goes very well with light food such as asparaguses, raw seafood salad (as long as it is not added with a spicy sauce). It goes down very well with very strong-flavoured foods such as chocolate and foie gras, which tend to “kill” wine or beer. In that case, choose a very sweet sake (unfortunately, sake in Shizuoka tends to be on the dry side). Of course, Japanese food is best for enjoying sake. Finally avoid “mixing” sake with other alcoholic beverages. It a sure way to get dead drunk!

2 Responses to “Drink Sake on its own or with a snack?”

  1. 2pat Says:

    Do you think cheese would go well with sake?

  2. dragonlife Says:

    Dear 2pat!
    Depending on the sake and cheese, there surely are many ways of enjoying them together. Like for wine, you will have to “marry” their characteristics:
    dry and subtle sake for lightly flavoured cheese to very sweet sake with strongly flavoured cheeses such as a Blue Stilton from England or an Epoisses from France.
    Of course, this is entirely open to personal tastes and likes and subject to some personal experiment!

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