Differences Between Sake for Drinking and Sake for Cooking

Sake is both a delicious accompaniment for a Japanese meal and an important component in cooking Japanese food. The sake you order alongside your teppanyaki or hibachi is very similar to the sake used in cooking, with only a few small differences.

Cooking sake is usually made using rice that is less polished than that used in drinking sake, which makes the flavor of rice more noticeable. Cooking sake also typically has a lower percentage of alcohol and is flavored with salt, in order to impart more flavor in the dishes in which it is used. Sake served for drinking is often sweeter, with a higher alcohol content, and it may be served hot or cold.

At House of Genji, alongside sake, we offer a variety of cocktails that are delicious alongside our sushi, hibachi, and teppanyaki meals. Contact our Japanese restaurant in San Jose today by calling (408) 453-8120.

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