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 …

Moon Bowls

An interactive cup that makes drinking sake even more heavenly

Designed specifically for the opaque liquids of unfiltered sake or Korean rice wine, these new Moon Bowls put a cleverly beautiful spin on sipping your beverage. The cups are designed with a small crescent-shaped shelf inside. Filling the glass starts you off with a full moon but—providing you sip and don’t chug the milky potable—the liquid contents wane down to a crescent sliver. The glowing …