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Pairing the right snacks with your sake

Fueled by creative experiments by some of the top bartenders & sommeliers of the world, sake – the Japanese alcoholic beverage prepared by fermenting rice is fast becoming a consumer favorite everywhere. Known for its characteristic umami flavor and delicate aroma, sake is a unique refreshing beverage that pairs very well with just about every traditional Japanese dish. 

Looking for some inventive snack pairings to serve with your sake? Here are our top three recommendations for the best snacks you can pair it with.

Sake with Potato Chips

Could it get any simpler and cooler than crunchy potato chips and sake? Potato chips today come in a variety of flavors – from plain salted to cream & onion, spiced, barbeque, and many more. Pick your favorite potato chips and serve them along with some sake. Now it’s time to get your party going! A lot of restaurants and breweries are known to offer this pairing and is a big hit among customers. The crunch of the potato chips goes well with the smooth umami notes of sake, making a delightful combination for your evening.

Sake with Wasabi Karikari

For the uninitiated, Karikari is a delicious crunchy premium Japanese snack. It is one of the crunchiest rice crackers and is available in four flavor variants – Wasabi, chilli garlic, salt pepper, and mania spice. Crunchy snacks pair very well with sake, and that makes karikari a top choice for snacks served with sake. Of the four flavors, the wasabi flavored karikari is the best possible snack you could munch while relishing sake – a match made in food heaven. Wasabi karikari has wasabi, mustard, cheese, onion, and garlic to give you the perfect spicy hit which brings out the delicious flavors of sake and keeps you longing for more.

Sake with Caramel Popcorn

Caramel popcorn paired with sake is a divine pairing. The pairing works well with aged sake as the sweetness and nuttiness of the caramel popcorn brings out the aroma and flavors in sake. While the usual thumb rule is pairing foods with opposite flavors, sake with caramel popcorn looks at pairing similar tastes together. This pairing is highly recommended and works out well. A pleasant surprise to the palate, sake with caramel popcorn is sure to be a big hit every time you serve it.

These three snacks – potato chips, wasabi karikari, and caramel popcorn are our top recommendations for pairing with your favorite sake. As you get acquainted with the flavors, you can add more to the list based on your taste and preferences!

About Umeshu Lovers

Made with the finest ume plums from Japan, Umeshu is an apéritif with a sweet-sour flavour.  

Known commonly as “Japanese Plum Wine”, Umeshu is among the most well-known alcoholic beverages in Japan and is slowly gaining popularity worldwide.  

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