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Does Sake Pair with Sushi?

Sake Pairing

For many people, sake is a logical pairing for sushi. However, for a Japanese purist, sake is not considered a good complement to a sushi dish. The classical Japanese wisdom is that you shouldn’t mix a rice-based meal with a rice-based drink, as there is not enough of a contrast between the two to create an interesting dining experience.

Traditionally, a sushi meal would begin with appetizers and salads that would pair well with sake, and then the diners would move on to either a green tea or a beer when the sushi arrived.

At our Japanese restaurant in Seattle, we offer both sake and beer to suit any preferences. Whichever you want to pair with your sushi, you can enjoy it at I Love Sushi!

How Much Soy Sauce Does Sushi Need?

Many people at our Japanese restaurant in Seattle like to start their sushi meal by pouring out a small pool of soy sauce for easy dipping. This is an acceptable practice here in the United States, but you would do well to leave it behind if you ever made your way across the ocean to a sushi restaurant in Japan. It is here that wasting soy sauce is considered very bad form.

Soy sauce is an important condiment to the Japanese, so ending a meal with leftover soy sauce is frowned upon. Try to only pour out a small amount so that you never take much more than you use. Further, most of your sushi shouldn’t require much in the way of condiments in the first place.