How to pair sake with hawker food

There's a Japanese saying 日本酒は料理を選ばない (nihonshu wa ryori o erabanai) which translates to 'sake does not choose food'. It means that sake, with its low acidity and containing no tannins, makes a great accompaniment for food pairing. Although sake is great with Japanese cuisine, it pairs amazingly well with Singaporean food too!

Steamed Dishes

Teochew cuisine like steamed pomfret and cold crab do well with clean, crisp Daiginjo where both the flavours of the food and sake do not overpower one another. Check out the limited edition Kid Sora He! Junmai Daiginjo at Kabuke Club!

Game Meats

Mutton satay and roasted duck with bold, funky yamahai sake is a match made in heaven, thanks to the slight gaminess they share. Check out the Yuki no Bosha Yamahai Junmai at Kabuke Club!

Salty Dishes

Fried carrot cake and 'sio bak' (roasted pork belly) pair well with drier sakes that cut out the saltiness and greasiness. Check out the Saku no Hana Ginjo Karakuchi with SMV +8 at Kabuke Club!

Rich Food

Rich, full bodied sakes can be paired with local food that are equally rich with gravy or stews, like 'lor mee' (noodles in thick gravy) or fried Hokkien Mee. Check out the award winning Kid Muryozan Junmai Ginjo at Kabuke Club!

Spicy and Hot Dishes

Slightly sweet sakes with a richer mouth feel handle spice and heat really well, so a sparkling nigori matches well with spicy Rendang or Nasi Lemak with extra chilli. Check out the Tsukino Katsura Junmai Daiginjo Sparkling Nigori at Kabuke Club!

In the end, the most reliable way to know how to pair a sake is to taste it. Forget the label, smell it and taste it and don't be afraid to experiment with it!