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Heat sake like they do at a Japanese izakaya with this special at-home set

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By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

These days, with local governments asking restaurants and izakaya to close early during the recent state of emergencies, more and more people are taking part in Ouchi Izakaya (“At-home Izakaya”).

With the weather getting cooler, no at-home izakaya will be complete without some type of sake-warming equipment, and here to fill that need is izakaya restaurant Yoronotaki, who’s created a special set for lovers of kanzake (“warmed sake”).

▼ The Ouchi de Kanzake Set (Warmed Sake At Home Set) contains a total of seven items.

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The set includes:

▼ Original Shino ware sake bottle and cups

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Shino ware hails from Mino Province, in present-day Gifu Prefecture, and these pottery items have been made exclusively for Yoronotaki, so you can truly recreate the atmosphere of a night out at their izakaya.

▼ A bottle of Yamada Nishiki Tokubetsu Junmai from Hakutsuru Brewing Company

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Kobe-based Hakutsuru was founded in 1743, during the Edo period (1603-1868), and this special sake is a testament to their centuries of expertise, as it displays an incredibly refined flavor and smooth finish. Tokubetsu Junmai (“Special Pure”) is the term used for high-quality sake made with rice polished to less than 60 percent of its original weight, and this variety uses 100-percent Yamada Nishiki rice from Hyogo Prefecture, which is renowned for being the highest quality for sake production.

▼ Chicken and ginger pickled in salty miso

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All izakaya serve up otoshi starters or otsumami nibbles that pair well with drinks like sake, and this is Yoronotaki’s special selection for the set. Meat, salt and ginger are perfect partners for Hakutsuru’s Yamada Nishiki.

▼ Twinbird Sake Warming Device

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This good-looking gadget is the star of the collection, as it allows you to heat your sake to perfection at the push of a button. The container on top, which has a very traditional feel to it, can hold up to 300 milliliters (10 ounces) of sake, and there are four settings to choose from on the heating device below, ranging from hitohadakan (human body temperature, 37 degrees Celsius [98.6 degrees Fahrenheit]), jokan (45 degrees), atsukan (50 degrees) and tobikirikan (55 degrees).

The Ouchi de Kanzake Set can be purchased online for 9,980 yen.

Related: Yoronotaki

Source, images: PR Times

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I put mine in a pan of hot water for 5 minutes

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Microwave is the best.

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I put mine in a pan of hot water for 5 minutes

that's the best way.

Microwave is the best.

Not to disagree with you Bertie, but I've found that microwave sake gives me the mother of all hangover headaches.

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Not to disagree with you Bertie, but I've found that microwave sake gives me the mother of all hangover headaches.

Got to hand it to you, Aly, that's a never-heard-before excuse.

"I didn't drink that much... it was the microwave, honest..."

Warm it up in a jug of hot water, that's my preference. However sake guru John Gauntner says when it comes to microwave vs. immersion in hot water, it makes virtually no difference.

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A hot water bath or the microwave to heat nihonshu . . . This is what’s known as a “good” problem.

My preference is chilled or room temperature.

The reason I get hangovers from nihonshu is that it goes down like water.

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P. Smith:

Yes. Very tasty, mood-brightening water.

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Steam it for better taste and health.

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We drink our sake chilled.

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@BigYen

Love the description!

@Zichi

Would happily shout you a cold one, or three.

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P.Smith

Kanpai!

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I am an 80 year old geezer but have adapted well to modern ways. Sake poured into a mug and microwaved for a few seconds is fine with me.

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