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Dec 23, 2012 05:22 PM

What to serve and drink with Kumamoto oysters?

For my birthday this week, I am having Kumamoto oysters shipped from WA. Planning to eat them raw on half shell since I have MISSED raw oysters so much since we moved from SF, CA to Appalachia. Any suggestions on beverages to pair with them (wine, champagne, sake?) as well as any thoughts on other foods/dishes to serve after the first oyster course. Thanks in advance!

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  1. How about all of the bevs? Oysters are such a perfect food - I like champers personally, second would be an un-filtered sake, 3rd a nice un-oaked (or lightly oaked).white wine... can't go wrong with any of them.

    Beau MacMIllian's Oyster Rockefeller recipe is interesting if you're going to go that route.


    I'm very jelous I'm sure you;ll enjoy and have earned it.... happy holidays.

    1. Champagne for sure. Champagne and Kumamoto oysters are made for each other. After the oysters how about a frisée salad with shaved asparagus, bacon, red onions, butter croutons, and a poached egg. Dressing from bacon fat and wine vinegar. This is a hearty salad that pairs well with the champagne.

      1. A bottle of Vouvray, a french white from the Loire Valley is my favorite wine to pair with Oysters.

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        1. re: mrjuggs

          Ice cold vodka! I like champagne too.

        2. Ice cold sake. After the oysters how about staying with a Japanese theme? Crab and soba noodle salad with ginger?
          Prawn cucumber and wakame salad? Salmon teriyaki? Keep the cold sake flowing.
          Number one recommendation: Sashimi tuna salad with miso dressing!

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          1. re: Puffin3

            I prefer sake, too. Something kind of dry. Check a local liquor store or wine store where they know sake.

          2. To drink:

            Champagne* (Brut Blanc de Blancs is my preference)
            Muscadet sur lie
            Picpoul de Pinet
            Chablis* -- petit or a/c


            * French (just in case that needs to be said out loud)