Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Recipe: "Amazake" from JustHungry.com
Rating: Okay. It is comforting and warming.
Status: Made twice
It is amazing how sakekasu (sake lees) smell just like sake. I made just 1 serving (1/4 of the recipe). I used the highest amount of ginger suggested (1/2 Tbsp since I made 1/4 of the recipe); since the ginger is added just after cooking, and thus is nearly raw, I think this was too much ginger, since I found its taste distracting. Next time I would use less ginger. I preferred this drink when it was less thick, so I also added more water and reheated it. The sugar level was fine, but since I don't tend to like sugary drinks, I might also try using less sugar next time. I would also use ginger juice (you make this by pressing the liquid out of grated ginger and discarding the solids), rather than grated ginger, because the grated ginger added the occasional tiny chewy solid which I didn't like in the drink.
All of the ingredients--the sake lees, the sugar, the tiny pinch of salt, and the ginger--go really well together. Without one of these ingredients the drink is too plain (the second time I made it I tried it as I added ingredients). So it is the proportions that really matter in order to make this taste good to you. I like about 1 tsp of sugar per mug. I'm still figuring out the proportion of water and ginger that I like; add the ingredients until it tastes good to you.