Why Pair Food with Sake?
The benefits of pairing sake with food are similar to those of wine.
- Sake brings out the flavors in food.
- Sake can be used to complement dishes.
- Sake refreshes the palate.
- Sake combined with food can create new flavors.
In particular, sake plays an important role in drawing out the umami from a dish. These benefits are the result of how well the sake is matched with the taste, texture, and aroma of the food. Therefore, a good understanding of the nature of the drink and the food is essential. In addition, understanding how the temperature affects the flavor of sake expands the possibilities of sake-food pairings.