Archive for the ‘sake’ Category

Japanese sake (日本酒), or nihonshu is the traditional alcoholic beverage of Japan. The most important ingredients that determine the quality of the taste of sake are koji-kin (the national micro-organism of Japan) and water.

Sake Kasu Zanmai: What is Sake Kasu?

Sake Kasu Zanmai: What is Sake Kasu? 酒粕 @@@
Sake Lees: This is what is left after the sake has been pressed out of the mash. It is called ‘sake kasu’ in Japanese and it is used in home cooking in many ways to create wonderfully complex flavored dishes during the winter sake brewing season. Many traditional Japanese confection, cracker, snack…

Karinshu: Japanese Quince Liqueur

How to Make Karinshu (Japanese Quince Liqueur) 花梨酒 Karinshu: Japanese Quince Liqueur  花梨酒 カリン酒 かりん酒 Karin, a variety of quince, is fairly common to see in the fruit section of grocery stores in the winter in Japan. I knew that people steeped it in shochu alcohol to make karinshu, like umeshu (plum liqueur) but had never made it or even tasted it. We made some today…

Sake Blossoms: The World’s Greatest Sake and ‘Ume’ Plum Blossoms

The World’s Greatest Sake and ‘Ume’ Plum Blossoms 上原酒造 不老泉・杣の天狗 The World's Greatest Sake and 'Ume' Plum Blossoms 上原酒造 不老泉・杣の天狗
Sake Blossoms: On a late winter morning in Kyoto you can find delicate flakes on a stone pavement and pause to investigate whether they are snow or plum petals. Of course the presence of a penetrating fragrance tips you off. Several years ago, while walking my dog on a snowy…

What is Ryorishu? Japanese Cooking Sake

What is Ryorishu? Japanese Cooking Sake
Itadakimono: Recently I visited my favorite sake brewery, Uehara Sake Brewery in rural Shiga prefecture. Before I left, Mr Uehara, the owner, gave me a bottle of the brewery’s cooking sake, which is not sold in retails stores, but to exclusive, ‘hidden’ restaurants. Most cooking sake contains salt so that it can be sold in grocery stores, but not…

KyotoFoodie Obama Inauguration Party – Sake Kasu Roll Cake and Doburoku Sake

KyotoFoodie Obama Inauguration Party – Sake Kasu Roll Cake and Doburoku Sake
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! KyotoFoodie Obama Inauguration Party – Sake Kasu Roll Cake and Doburoku Sake KyotoFoodie Obama Inauguration Party - Sake Kasu Rollcake and Doburoku Sake
Things in my homeland grew so bad over the last 8 years that we had to reject a real patriot who we could have chosen for president 8 years ago and bet on this newcomer with precious little experience and no resumé…
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