I attended a sake tasting and dinner organized by JETAANY on Monday night at Bao Noodles. Chris Johnson, JET-alum, sommelier, and owner of Bao Noodles, presented a tasting of his restaurant’s Vietnamese specialties paired with Momokawa and Murai Family sake. Chris is extremely knowledgeable about sake; he explained the different kinds of sake and how sake was made.
It was the first time I had sake with Vietnamese food, or sake with non-Japanese food for that matter. It turned out to be a very educational experience. It may sound strange, but it just works. Sake is indeed a very versatile beverage. My favorite pairing was the dessert: coconut and pandan panna cotta with nigori (unfiltered) sake. The combination of the coconut, pandan and sake became an explosion of tropical aromas in my mouth. Yum!
Needless to say, I wholeheartedly recommend Bao Noodles, so go check it out.