5 Best and Most Beloved Japanese Finger Foods for Sake and Beer

The consumption of sake rice wine is decreasing year by year in Japan.It has decreased to nearly one-third of the peak level in 1970s.In contrast, the export volume is gradually increasing.

In fact, when I have my friends over, most of them and I don’t drink the rice wine.I prefer beer to sake, though I drink the rice wine at least once a year, because Niigata Prefecture where I live is especially famous for its tasty rice and sake.

When I drink beer or sake at home with my friends, I definitely prepare finger foods for those alcoholic drinks.Japanese convenience stores handle various kinds of Japanese finger foods for beer and sake called “Otsumami (おつまみ)”, where I often pick some up.

5 Best and Most Beloved Japanese Finger Foods for Sake and Beer (Otsumami)

Thus, today I want to introduce 5 best and most beloved Japanese finger foods for sake and beer (Otsumami) for those who like Japanese snacks and these alcoholic drinks.

Saki Ika (さきいか)

Shirakiku Shredded Dried Squid Plain Flavor, 8 Ounce

Saki Ika (さきいか) is a shredded dried squid snack.Some are unseasoned, and others are generally seasoned with salt, sugar, vinegar and so on.The latter type has a salty-sweet taste and the more you chew the tastier it gets.Saki Ika is one of the most common and beloved Japanese finger foods for sake and beer.It is a delicious, healthy snack that Japanese has enjoyed for a long time.If it is unseasoned, I usually eat the strips dipping them in the mixture of mayonnaise, soy sauce, and shichimi togarashi.

Kamaboko (かまぼこ)

Maruzen Mentaiko flavored boiled fish paste 120 g (30 g X4 pieces) X10 bags

Kamaboko (かまぼこ) is a boiled fish paste generally seasoned with salt, sugar, and mirin sweet cooking rice wine.The boiled fish paste is a traditional Japanese food with about 900 years of history and today there are a wide range of flavors and shapes of Kamaboko being sold at supermarkets.Kamaboko products as finger foods are available at convenience stores, where ones like the above Mentaiko Kamaboko can be bought.

Chiitara (チータラ)

Natori JUSTPACK Chitara 27 g X 10 bags

Chiitara (チータラ) is a Japanese snack food consisting of a stick of cheese sandwiched in between two thin slices of dried cod-meat pastes.The slightly chewy texture of the fish pastes improves chewing feeling and firmness of the snack.Chiitara is one of the most popular finger foods for beer and sake in Japan and one of my most favorite nibbles.

Kaki no Tane (Kameda Crisps)

Kameda Crisps, Sweet Chili, 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 12) Kameda Crisps, Wasabi, 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 12)
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Kaki no Tane is a specialty snack of Niigata as well as having its origin in a company in the prefecture.Today, Kaki no Tane is available in countries other than Japan under the name of Kameda Crisps.The classic Japanese rice cracker is somewhat spicy and slightly salty in taste and crunchy in texture.It pairs well with beer because the bitterness and gas of beer can soothe the spiciness and saltiness of the snack.

Karupas (カルパス)

Japanese beef Jerky snack,Karupas 50 pcs

Karupas (カルパス) is an individually wrapped modern Japanese beef jerky snack.It is a finger food for beer that works really well for me because I love beef jerky.What is better, the beef jerky snack is bite-sized, soft, and not so spicy so that anyone from adults to kids can enjoy it.


I'm Japanese living in Niigata Prefecture,Japan.I want to introduce things about Japan,especially unique Japanese products,sightseeing places,my daily life and Japanese culture.

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