SOTO: An Elegant New Sake

A premium Japanese rice wine blending modernity with tradition

Sake brewing dates beyond recorded history—with its earliest textual mention in the third century. Sudo Honke, Japan’s oldest sake brewery, has been operating since it opened in the year 1141. It’s one of the oldest businesses in the world that’s still active today. There’s an illustrious history to this nuanced alcoholic beverage—a rice wine made in a way more akin to beer. And Billy Melnyk …

Small Sake

Meet the contemporary rice wine that is quickly gaining popularity from east to west

For many Westerners, remembering one’s favorite brand of sake can be difficult due to linguistic differences. Removing that complication marks one of the core ideas behind Small Sake, a new drink from Hong Kong-based Swede, Pontus Karlsson. Karlsson has focused on taste as much as the name of his sake, and in just a few months the fermented drink’s popularity has grown rapidly from west …

Rau Om

Miso-cured tofu answers the call of cheese-craving vegans

“It’s very much like a creamy cheese, a blue cheese or a brie—it just has an incredible mouth feel,” says Rau Om‘s Dang Vu. He’s talking about tofu misozuke, a preserved version of tofu that is cured in miso to create a spreadable, long-life version of the asiatic staple. Vu likens tofu misozuke—which pairs well with sake—to “an independent Japanese derivation of the wine and …