Last night was the Japan made beer and kushiage pairing dinner.
[kushiage = deep fried skewer]
On a hot summer night, in Japan, we enjoy very much the combination of deep fried skewers and beer. So much so that there exist even places only serving kushiage.
Traditionally, kushiage are simply various ingredients breaded and fried. The most traditional setting of a kushiage place is a tiny space with only a counter where you enjoy the brewed drink and the fried skewers standing. Yes, standing. No seats. And the correct way to stand is not facing the counter but with the body looking sideways, so as to accomodate as many fellow customers at the counter, where the kushiage are being fried in front of you. If you stand facing the counter of these mom and pop places, the wife inside the counter would scold you for having no manner. Yes, it is hard core.
At these traditional places, the skewers are normally served with pretty large rough cuts of cabbage and a bowl of sauce (to share with the other fellow customers - which means strangers dipping skewers in the same bowl of sauce).
Nowadays, there are also more modern places serving kushiage in a completely different setting, sometimes in a course style, frying non-traditional ingredients and serving with unique sauces. We opted for the latter, more modern approach (Our place is too big to scold the customers for standing incorrectly. So we sat down for the dinner).
* BEER: Echigo-koshihikari / rice
* Fava bean and Pork belly
* Tukune-minced chicken
* Asparagus wrapped in bacon with yuzu mayo
* BEER: Hitachino white ale
* Blue Shrimp with Sauce Americaine
* Zucchini, tomato, eggplant
* Salmon with salmon roe on top
* BEER: Yebisu
* Minced tofu and vegetable
* Rice cake with mentaiko(spicy cod roe) on top
* Scallop with sea urchin on top
* BEER: Echigo-red ale
* Camembert cheese with apple sauce
* Beef and baby onion
* Duck and scallion
* Coedo-Beniaka/roasted japanese sweet potato
* Pineapple, Banana, Apple
served with sweet potato ice cream
The beer served were all Japan brands and made in Japan (some Japan brands are not necessarily made in Japan). Hopefully the participants tasted some for the first time and found a new favorite - and if you were not with us at the pairing, you can try these beer the next time you come in!