Oishii Kanpai 2018

October 16, 2018 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Oishii Kanpai 2018

https://www.oishii.sg/event/4592/


This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session.
Attended with representatives from Purple Taste, Geeky Elephant, and Hazel Diary.



Laplandia Super Premium Vodka
Laplandia Super Premium Vodka



Kanpai! To The Season Of Sake!


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Held on 1st October 2018 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, the Oishii Kanpai 2018 event commemorates World Sake Day. An annual event now in its 5th edition in Singapore, the Oishii Kanpai 2018 event showcased various line-ups of sake, shochu, vodka, and cocktails from different breweries, along with local Singaporean food for pairing.

Oishii Kanpai 2018 Event Poster
Oishii Kanpai 2018 Event Poster



Great fun during the Oishii Kanpai 2018 event, especially since they synchronised a kanpai cheering session via Live Skype With Tokyo, in the Kanto region of Japan.

Cheers
Cheers


Live Skype With Tokyo
Live Skype With Tokyo



Good range of bottles and brands for both the Sake Display and Shochu Display. We could sample as many as we wished, while stocks last. The crowd was mostly Japanese, and I think they probably appreciated the nuances of the beverages more than I did.

Sake Display
Sake Display


Sake Tokugawa Ieyasu Daiginjo
Sake Tokugawa Ieyasu Daiginjo


Sake Azakura Ringochan Tokubetsujunmai Nama
Sake Azakura Ringochan Tokubetsujunmai Nama


Shochu Display
Shochu Display



Variety of local Singaporean cuisine, Italian cuisine, and desserts, all for pairing with either the sake or shochu. Tapas style portions. Unlike beer or wine pairing, a pairing of sake or shochu is not meant to be consumed together... you're supposed to finish the food first, then down the shot of sake or shochu. Thus, it's a once-off pairing, unlike wine or beer, where you can pair with each mouthful.

Cuttlefish Kang Kong Display
Cuttlefish Kang Kong Display


Rojak Display
Rojak Display


Achar Display
Achar Display


Banana Muffin Display
Banana Muffin Display


Kueh Dadar Display
Kueh Dadar Display


Sago Balls With Passionfruit Display
Sago Balls With Passionfruit Display



Started with a Cocktail Shochu Yokaichi Rice & Yuzu paired with Plate Of Chicken Rice With Steamed Chicken, Roast Pork Belly. The heavier savoury sweet flavours of the chicken rice, steamed white chicken, and roast pork belly, are alleviated by the fruity tangy sweet sour notes of the yuzu & rice shochu cocktail.

Cocktail Shochu Yokaichi Rice & Yuzu
Cocktail Shochu Yokaichi Rice & Yuzu


Plate Of Chicken Rice With Steamed Chicken, Roast Pork Belly
Plate Of Chicken Rice With Steamed Chicken, Roast Pork Belly



Did my own pairing of Sake Azakura Ringochan Tokubetsujunmai Nama & Cuttlefish Kang Kong, and I found it works quite well. The fruity apple flavour of the 'apple-chan' sake complemented the fruity sweet flavour of the pineapple, and vegetal notes of the kang kong / water spinach leaves.

Sake Azakura Ringochan Tokubetsujunmai Nama & Cuttlefish Kang Kong


Sake Azakura Ringochan Tokubetsujunmai Nama & Cuttlefish Kang Kong
Sake Azakura Ringochan Tokubetsujunmai Nama & Cuttlefish Kang Kong



Paired a premium Sake Tokugawa Ieyasu Daiginjo & Pizza Margherita. The light, refreshing sake acted almost like a palate cleanser for the stronger tomato and cheese flavours of the pizza.

Sake Tokugawa Ieyasu Daiginjo & Pizza Margherita


Sake Tokugawa Ieyasu Daiginjo & Pizza Margherita
Sake Tokugawa Ieyasu Daiginjo & Pizza Margherita



The pairing of Shochu Zenryo-Imo Ikkomon & Peking Duck Wrap was interesting. The clear, sharp notes of the sweet potato shochu contrasted with the savoury salty smoky flavours of the peking roast duck and sweet bean sauce. Works decently without being overpowering.

Shochu Zenryo-Imo Ikkomon & Peking Duck Wrap


Shochu Zenryo-Imo Ikkomon & Peking Duck Wrap
Shochu Zenryo-Imo Ikkomon & Peking Duck Wrap



The pairing of Sake Daina Tokubetsu Junmai 13 Genshu & Rojak didn't quite work for me, as the savoury pungent flavour of the rojak was much too strong for the more delicate sake.

Sake Daina Tokubetsu Junmai 13 Genshu & Rojak


Sake Daina Tokubetsu Junmai 13 Genshu & Rojak
Sake Daina Tokubetsu Junmai 13 Genshu & Rojak



Tried a pairing of Sake Hakkaisan Ginjo & Laksa. This worked well; the dry sharp texture of the sake complemented the savoury spicy flavours of the rich laksa gravy. As with all sake or shochu pairings, I finished the food first, then drank the shot.

Sake Hakkaisan Ginjo & Laksa


Sake Hakkaisan Ginjo & Laksa
Sake Hakkaisan Ginjo & Laksa



Enjoyed the evening at Oishii Kanpai 2018, chilling, speaking with friends, and learning more about sake, shochu, vodka, and Asian cocktails.





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