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Do You Know How To Drink Sake?

There can be a number of common questions that come from a sake beginner, including:

Should sake be consumed warm, cold, or at room temperature?

What kind of a glass or cup should you be using for drinking sake?

Chill Or Not To Chill?

The truth is that there is no solid rule to follow. The more important considerations will be the type of sake that is in question, as well as your own personal preferences.

Some sakes will be at their best in terms of taste when you serve them cold, while others will be just perfect when you serve them warmed. Each sake is going to be different, and the connoisseurs of sake will tell you that you need to experiment. Do whatever tastes best to you. It is never going to be fun if you are more worried about whether or not you are drinking it wrong.

With that being said, there are some general guidelines that you can use to help you in either warming or cooling your sake:

– Talk with the staff at the shop, bar or restaurant that you are at about a recommendation, as they will know whether it will be best warm or cold.

– Avoid any extremes. Whether your are chilling it or warming it, you never want to overdo it. Overheating or getting it too cold could disrupt the aromas or flavors of the sake.

– Warming: Never heat the sake directly. Instead, you should be pouring it into a receptacle that can take some heat. You can heat it gradually in a water bath. Just avoid heating it too intensely or too quickly, which means you should never microwave it.

Without trying to overgeneralize, a great deal of sake experts will say that daiginjo and ginjo sakes will be best not warmed. Being chilled will enhance the aromas and flavors. many of the honjozo and junmai sakes will be fine either way. Warming these will bring out the smooth nature and complex flavors.

Various sakes will taste wonderful at different temperatures, as the differing temps will bring out differing characteristics. This is what makes them worthwhile if you are looking to experiment a bit.


The Beginner’s Guide To Sake

If you ask what sake is when you are in Japan, as opposed to many other areas of the world, and you are going to get two very different answers. Sake, in English, refers to a fermented rice alcoholic beverage that comes from Japan, which you have probably had once or twice from your favorite Japanese restaurant, or a local sake bar.

However, when you ask for sake while you are in Japan, you may be looked upon with puzzlement. This is because, sake actually refers to all alcoholic beverages in general. This will include wine, beer, liquor and the beverage that is referred to as sake in English.

What exactly should we be calling sake from a Japanese perspective? The word for sake in the form that we know it as in the United States is actually nihonshu, which translates to Japanese alcohol. If you ask for nihonshu at any izakaya, you are sure to be greeted with a smile.

Aside from the lesson in language, this rich, delicious beverage will be referred to as sake in this article, just to keep everything nice and simple.

Sake For Beginners

One of the great things about sake is that you have so many kinds to choose from. However, this can also be a rather overwhelming factor for many sake beginners.

If you are hoping to learn all about sake as a sake samurai, you need to take yourself to sake school. If you want to get started with the basics, there are some concepts and terms that can help you to understand this beverage.


While looking at sake making, you will have the polishing of rice. Before sake is made, the rice kernels will have to be milled, which is known as being polished. This is done to remove the outer portion of the grain, leaving behind the starchy core.

Looking closer at polishing, you have to polish off about 10% to go from brown rice to the white rice that we all know and love.

In order to get incredible sake, you have to polish a whole lot more than that. Generally, good sake is polished down to about 50 to 70%, which means that roughly 30 to 50% is actually polished off. If you are reading that the sake has actually been polished to 60% it will mean that 40% has been polished away from the original rice kernel, which leaves just 60% of the original size.


This is the Japanese term that means pure rice. This is important within the world of sake, as this separates pure rice sake from the versions that are non-pure. Junmai is something that is brewed only using water, rice, yeast and koji without any other additives like alcohol or sugar. Unless you have a bottle of sake that says junmai on it, it will have additives, such as brewers alcohol.

While it sounds like junmai is a good thing, which it usually is, just because your sake is not junmai it will not mean that it is not delicious or inferior in any way. Additives will be used by skilled brewers to help enhance or change aromas or flavor profiles. All of this can make for some easy to drink, smooth sake beverages.


Miso’s Secret Healing Properties Revealed

Maybe you have heard of Miso in movies or books, or maybe you have tasted this flavor in Japanese cooking or through in Chinese cooking.

The Japanese enjoy warm miso soup to stimulate digestion and give themselves the energy for their day. Miso is fermented grain with salt and a fungus, called kojikin. Miso is usually made from rice, soybeans, or barley in addition to salt and kojikin. Miso is not new. It has been a traditional part of the Japanese culture for many centuries now.
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There Are Many Great Benefits To Enjoying Vegan Ramen Recipes

Have you made the decision to become Vegan? If so, then you’re excited and looking for different recipe choices. Let’s first start out by saying that you’ve likely realized by now that it can be difficult to be Vegan on a budget. There are Vegan food products in health stores that cost a mint, and you have to cook. Hey, cooking is supposed to be cheaper on you though, right? It can be, but there is not much cheap about becoming Vegan.
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Ramen Noodles Can Be Made To Be Very Nutritious Indeed

What can be so bad about Ramen noodles that people tend to give them a bad rap sometimes when it comes to nutrition? First of all, think about all of the bad things that you’re leaving out if you opt for a package of noodles with spices and a nice tasty broth. Of course, you are certainly leaving out some good things that your body needs if you eat only the noodles and eat them often. However, no one said to go on the Ramen diet and only eat them and nothing else.

Take it from someone who eats one pack of these a day. They make a great snack or lunch, and in my opinion, they are quite healthy. They don’t contain too many calories, and I absolutely need my bowl of spicy noodles each day. You see, I add chili powder an crushed red pepper to my beef Ramen noodles, making for a very spicy lunch indeed. As a matter of fact, it’s getting to be about that time of day right now.

Now, I want to implore you to think about how Ramen can be an even healthier option. What have you added to your noodles before as far as other ingredients? I’ve certainly added butter to them, but of course butter isn’t a very healthy addition. You can add in all kinds of vegetables, that’s for sure. Adding vegetables would make them even healthier and more filling as well.

Have you ever added an egg to your Ramen noodles? My friend taught me to do that when I was younger, and she said it tastes great. While I was skeptical at first, I can tell you that it is great tasting indeed. However, I would mostly say vegetables and small amounts of meat would be the best addition, as well as any spices you might want to include.

It’s also about creating different tastes so that you don’t get tired of eating them. One thing about eating Ramen is if you are doing it in a healthy way and often, you’re also saving money. These noodles are very cheap, and that is why they are a staple on my grocery list and a daily meal. I eat plenty of other things as well, but that spicy bowl of noodles rarely gets skipped on a daily basis. It’s my lunch or midday snack, and I look forward to it each and every day.