Yuzu Umeshu Goes Well with Kinpira Gobo!22 Nov 2018
Umeshu is a traditional Japanese liqueur made by steeping plums in alcohol and sugar. It is a popular drink due to it sweet and sour taste, and relatively low alcohol content which makes it easy to drink and can be enjoyed even by people who generally dislike alcohol.
Some umeshu have other fruits and flavor added such as yuzu, orange, shiso, honey, etc.
We would like to introduce Yuzu Umeshu from Nakano BC. Yuzu Umeshu comes with a sweetness and sourness of ume, and refreshing taste of yuzu.
Nakano BC uses a superior quality Nankō ume to make its umeshu. To preserve the delicious flavor of ume, the brewing tanks are managed by a team of skilled workers who carefully check the acidity and sweetness of umeshu, mixing the fruit and changing tanks as necessary. The umeshu is ready after around a year and a half.
Yuzu juice, which was extracted from fruits in Shikoku Island is added into umeshu liqueur. Kochi prefecture in Shikoku island is the number one producer of yuzu in Japan. This blend is sweet and refreshingly sour with a subtle bitterness.
Yuzu umeshu can go well with many kinds of foods depending on how you drink it. When drinking yuzu umeshu straight, the sweet and sour taste is highly concentrated, so it is best paired with food that has a strong flavor. Salty and spicy foods are an especially great combination with yuzu umeshu when enjoyed straight.
Since yuzu umeshu goes best with foods that have strong flavor we recommend pairing it with kinpira.
It is a simple traditional style of Japanese cooking which is a big part of family life and many of the Japanese use our original kinpira recipe passed down from generation to generation, and it is even served in school lunch!
It can be summarized as a technique of "sauté and simmer". Most recipes use finely sliced root vegetables with spices. Commonly used ingredients are root vegetables such as carrot, burdock (to make kinpira gobo) and lotus root, seaweeds such as arame and hijiki and other foods including tofu and wheat gluten (namafu), and even meat (chicken, pork, beef).
One of the most popular kinpira style dishes is kinpira gobo. It is made from sliced carrot and burdock root cooked in soy sauce, topped with sesame seeds
Burdock root which is rich in dietary fiber and excellent source of vitamin B so it is also a very healthy dish!
Sunyo Kinpira Gobo is seasoned and ready to eat form the can. Just open it, warm it up and enjoy with the refreshing Nakano BC Yuzu Umeshu!