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What do you drink with sushi?

BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 14, 2006 06:21 PM

I drink either hot green (plain) tea or sake. Sometimes I see people drinking Diet Coke and wondered if that interfered with the delicacy of the raw fish.

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  1. Cheese Boy RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 14, 2006 06:30 PM

    Usually hot or cold sake depending on the temperature outdoors.

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      Frolic RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 14, 2006 07:47 PM

      I drink beer.

      Diet Coke? Yuck.

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        JNUNZMAN RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 14, 2006 07:55 PM

        Ice cold Ichiban with a hot sake chaser!!!!!!!!!!!11

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          plf515 RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 14, 2006 08:08 PM

          Usually water and tea. Sometimes cold sake.

          1. JMF RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 14, 2006 09:00 PM

            Beer or tea... sake is for before or after the sushi since you shouldn't be having sake, made from rice, with sushi which is rice. With sashimi it's sake, premium cold sake.

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              Marge RE: JMF Oct 14, 2006 09:28 PM

              Whether or not I SHOULD be having sake with my sushi, I do...I enjoy hot sake with my sushi. Why "shouldn't" rice wine be drunk with rice? Should one not drink wine with food containing grapes or raisins??

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                Marge RE: Walters Oct 15, 2006 01:44 PM

                Nah, Tang's not sweet enough for me. Thanks for the recommendation, though.

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                  JMF RE: Marge Oct 18, 2006 11:52 PM

                  It's all cultural... The Japanese believe that you shouldn't eat rice with sake. So I try to do the same out of respect.

              2. gina RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 14, 2006 09:40 PM

                Usually, a carafe of tangy cold sake or a giant can of Sapporo. But sometimes, sparkling water or hot tea.

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                  tdo ca RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 14, 2006 09:43 PM

                  Green Tea during day, sake and beer at night...

                  1. whs RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 14, 2006 10:05 PM

                    At Hatsuhana, a very upscale sushi restaurant in Manhattan, I have observed the Japanese guests drinking Budweiser and Johnny Walker, while the foreigners drink Sapporo beer or sake.

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                      ilikefood RE: whs Oct 16, 2006 10:30 PM

                      Budweiser? That's interesting- since Bud's made w/ rice- 1 reason why it's an inferior beer. Evidently it's still true- many Japenese like all things American, disregarding taste. Still surprising because Japan is known for recognizing, and producing quality.

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                        SnackHappy RE: ilikefood Oct 16, 2006 11:13 PM

                        Most if not all Japanese beers are made with rice. I find it funny when people poo-poo Budweiser and yet drink Sapporo and Asahi, or Tsing-Tao which is one of the most boring beers I've ever tried.

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                          Silverjay RE: ilikefood Oct 18, 2006 07:15 PM

                          Budweiser has been trying for years to penetrate the Japanese market and they just don't seem to succeed on any large level. It's more available than a few years ago, but if I compare NYC to Tokyo, it's much easier to find Sapporo & Asahi in New York than to find Bud in Tokyo.....That said, it's not unsual for Japanese to like Bud simply because it's lighter in body and flavor than Japanese brews. It goes well with a heavy food like sushi and a cold beer will trump the "no rice with rice" rule any day.

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                          soupkitten RE: whs Oct 18, 2006 05:43 PM

                          beer drinkers often like the freshest beer (hence the born on date), and folks who have a favorite beer when at home often won't order it abroad because it tastes OLD, if not skunky, to them. So guys from Japan will order a beer that they know will be fresher when they're in America, and Americans will continue to be shocked that Sapporo tastes so different in Japan (or Guinness in Ireland, Newcastle in England, Beck's, Heineken, Tsing-Tao, etc.)

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                          linlinchan RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 15, 2006 01:57 AM

                          Nothing goes better than a good beer.

                          1. PamelaD RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 15, 2006 12:55 PM

                            I like to drink a nice crisp white wine like a sav blanc (not a grapfruity one, though) or a dry chenin blank or dry reisling or pinot blanc...

                            1. NovoCuisine RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 15, 2006 01:28 PM

                              Usually beer; whatever the joint has that I like, Japanese or not.

                              In the colder months, I'll have some hot sake after. Especially since I find a lot of places don't have a very good selection of cold sake, and getting it by the glass is even more difficult.

                              1. monkeyrotica RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 15, 2006 02:11 PM

                                I used to drink Japanese beer with sushi, until they started brewing the stuff in North America. Kirin, Sapporo, Asahi are all brewed by either Budweiser in Los Angeles or Molsen in Canada, and to me they taste like Bud or Moosehead. If I have to have a beer, I just order a Bud or whatever's local, if they have any.

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                                  Loren3 RE: monkeyrotica Oct 16, 2006 08:52 PM

                                  Fortunately, to me Sapporo oil cans still taste like Sapporo. They don't have that strange, metallic cutting edge that Mud and Biller have. So for me, it's a Sapporo oil can most times.

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                                  lvecch RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 15, 2006 04:21 PM

                                  Either hot or cold sake, depending on the time of year and what's available, and green tea at the end of the meal.

                                  1. Silverjay RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 15, 2006 06:08 PM

                                    I like oolong-hai, which is shochu mixed with oolong tea. In Japan beer is most popular. People there don't usually drink sake with sushi because of the reason mentioned above by JMF. I like green tea after the meal..I remember a long time ago when I first went to Japan, a woman asked me "Is it true that Americans drink Coke when they eat sushi?". I said "yeah, we drink Coke with anything". She laughed very hard. My response was, "well we don't put mayonnaise on pizza". Personally, I wouldn't drink soft drinks with sushi though.

                                    1. Karl S RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 15, 2006 10:06 PM

                                      Whole milk.

                                      1. Otonabee RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 15, 2006 11:53 PM

                                        For some reason I always have to have gingerale. I guess it makes sense seeing as how they serve it with pickled ginger.

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                                          Atahualpa RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 16, 2006 12:09 AM

                                          A place near me has hot tea, cold tea (canned), cold sake, hot sake, water (all kinds), beer and San pelligrino Aranciata. You know, the clean, real orange flavour isn't a bad complement to the sushi. Especially as he serves his Tako with paper thin slices of lemon.

                                          Although, I usually enjoy some Japanese beer or hot tea -- especially if they have Genmaicha with the toasted rice in it.

                                          1. rosielucchesini RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 16, 2006 08:57 PM

                                            I usually drink a fruity crisp white wine like a Riesling or a Gewurtz.

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                                              DanielleM RE: rosielucchesini Oct 18, 2006 12:53 AM

                                              I agree with you -- Riesling and sushi are a match made in heaven.

                                            2. jfood RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 16, 2006 11:16 PM

                                              The same drink i have with all my meals, sparkling water.

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                                                Jambalaya RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 16, 2006 11:35 PM

                                                I'm surprised nobody has mentioned this already. We have a restaurant in the area that does nice sushi, but since the restaurant is not Japanese they do not serve sake. So as a replacement I tried a martini and it goes really well with sushi - try it some time.

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                                                  Jeanne RE: Jambalaya Oct 17, 2006 07:28 PM

                                                  Beer or wine and a lot of water to cool down the wasabe.

                                                2. steinpilz RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 17, 2006 11:47 PM

                                                  Usually beer, then either sake or tea in equal frequency.

                                                  1. Xericx RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 18, 2006 05:46 PM

                                                    hot sake and a large asahi!

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                                                      MuppetGrrl RE: BombayUpWithaTwist Oct 18, 2006 07:19 PM

                                                      At home, champagne. Out, sake and asahi.

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