Try Echigo Koshihikari Beer with delicious Ebi Fry!

20 Sep 2018

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The beer has a crisp and refreshing flavor, and exceptionally soothing and smooth quality. The sweet aroma of rice, and eloquent fragrance of hops, make it the perfect complement to any Japanese dish.

While the malt ingredient is imported from Europe, the rice is harvested literally from the backyard of Echigo Brewery. Though this beer is categorized as being dry, the brewery uses the time-consuming German decoction method to bring out the natural sweet flavor from the Niigata grown Koshihikari rice, which can appeal even to those who do not like dry beer.

We recommend you try this beer with UMAMI Panko Ebi Fry. This crispy ebi fry pairs well with the refreshing Echigo Koshihikari. This beer is a great match for food because of the complexity of its flavor, its ability to provide refreshment and to interact with many food flavors. Ebi Fry (fried prawn) is one of the most popular Yoshoku in Japan. Yoshoku refers to a Japanese-style western dish, which originated during the Meiji Restoration between 1868 and early 1900.

It is a very popular dish at many restaurants in Japan, from big chain family restaurants to mom-and-pop style small corner eateries. Ebi fry is often eaten with a choice of thick Worcester sauce, Hoisin sauce, lemon juice or tartare sauce.

It also common to eat ebi fry brushed with egg only and placed on top of a bowl of hot rice. That is called Ebi-don (海老丼 or エビ丼, fried prawn and egg over rice).

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In Nagoya, you see shrimp fry almost always as the day's lunch special or in your boxed lunch. Ebi fry is considered as one of Nagoya’s specialty food due to a joke made by TV celebrity. He was known to make fun of Nagoya people pronouncing "ebi furai" as "ebi furya". The joke spread around the whole Japan, which led to the misunderstanding that ebi fry is a specialty of Nagoya. Ebi fry has now actually become Nagoya's new signature food. Some coffee shops even serve it with bread, such as ebi sando (shrimp sandwich) and ebi dog (shrimp hot dog).

We recommend you try the Nagoya signature food with Echigo Koshihikari beer.

How to make ebi fry sandwich:

1. Prepare cabbage salad (chop cabbage and add salt, pepper and mayo to your liking).

2. Make scrambled eggs.

3. Cook UMAMI Panko Ebi Fry according to the instructions (3 shrimps for one sandwich).

4. Spread the butter, mayo and mustard on the toast.

5. Put sauce on the ebi (tonkatsu sauce or Worcester sauce).

6. Spread on toast in layers.

7. Enjoy it while sipping on Echigo Koshihikari Beer!

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