5 Best Japanese finger foods for sake and beer.
The consumption of Japanese sake is decreasing year by year in Japan.It has decreased to about one-third of the peak level in 1970.On the other hand the export volume of sake is gradually increasing.
As shown in the statistical data on the consumption of sake in Japan,when I have a gathering of friends,most of them and I don’t drink sake.
Although I prefer beer to sake,I drink sake at least once a year,because Niigata Prefecture where I live is famous for its rice and sake.
When I drink beer or sake at home with my friends,I definitely prepare finger foods for those alcoholic drinks.There are various kinds of Japanese finger foods that go well with beer or sake in Japan.
5 Best Japanese finger foods for sake and beer
So today I would like to introduce my favorite Japanese finger foods called ‘Otsumami (おつまみ)’ for sake and beer because Japanese sake is becoming popular even in countries other than Japan.
1.Saki Ika (さきいか)
|Shirakiku Prepared Shredded Squid Dried Squid Plain Flavor, 8 Ounce|
‘Saki Ika(さきいか)’ is dried shredded squid that is either without seasoning or seasoned with salt,sugar,vinegar and so on.The Japanese food has a salty-sweet taste if it is flavored.It is one of the most common and beloved Japanese finger foods for sake and beer.It is a delicious and healthy snack.If it is without seasoning,I often eat it dipping in the mixture of mayo and shichimi togarashi.
|Maruzen Mentaiko flavor boiled fish paste 120 g (30 g X4 pieces) X10 bags|
‘Kamaboko (かまぼこ)’ is boiled fish paste generally seasoned with salt,sugar,and mirin rice seasoning.Although Kamaboko is a traditional Japanese food with about 900 years of history,today there are a variety of flavors and shapes of Kamaboko being sold at supermarkets in Japan.Kamaboko products as a finger food are available at convenience stores,where I often buy finger foods for beer because the stores handle many kinds of nibbles.
|Natori JUSTPACK Chitara 27gX10 bags|
‘Chiitara (チータラ)‘ is a Japanese snack food that a stick of cheese is sandwiched in between two thin slices of dried cod-meat pastes.The slightly chewy texture of the fish pastes improves chewability and firmness of the food.The Japanese food is one of the most popular finger foods for beer and sake in Japan.It is my most favorite nibble.
4.Kaki no Tane (Kameda Crisps)
|Kameda Crisps, Sweet Chili, 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 12)||Kameda Crisps, Wasabi, 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 12)|
Kaki no Tane is a snack specialty of Niigata Prefecture where I live.It also originated in Niigata.Kaki no Tane is being sold in countries other than Japan under the name of Kameda Crisps.The rice cracker is a little hot and salty in taste and crunchy in texture.It makes a good pair with beer because the bitterness and gas of beer soothe the hot and salty taste of Kaki no Tane.
|Japanese beef Jerky snack,Karupas 50pcs|
Karupas is an individually wrapped Japanese beef Jerky snack.It is a must-buy finger food for me because I like beef jerky.The snack is bite-sized so it is easy to eat,not to mention its deliciousness.It is also recommended as a treat for children.