In recent years, the mosquitoes have become extremely bad in our area. We used to sit outside in summer but now we can barely sit outside without being eaten alive. So, right now (April and May) is the only time of the year when the weather is warm enough but the mosquitoes are not out yet. We decided to do “Yakitori” 焼き鳥 this weekend on our deck. The chicken liver we got this time must not have been handled well and many pieces were all fragemtned and not suitable for “Yakitori”. Although I could have made chopped liver, that could have caused some ethnic confusion. So, I decided to make this dish from the fragmented parts and we had it as the first dish before “Yakitori”. I think this dish is appropriate for any Izakayas
We enjoyed it with a glass of a rather rustic turbid sake or “nigori sake” 濁り酒 from Kyoto Kizakura brewery 京都黄桜 “snow maiden” “Tozai Yuki musume” 東西雪娘 . Perfect pairing! It has tropical fruit on the palate with a slight sweetness but very straight forward sake. We continued with “Yakitori” with this sake. This rather simple but rustic sake is very enjoyable with down-to-earth dishes like Yakitori. The only strange thing about this sake is that it came in a pastel “pink” bottle and the label said it was named after a 226 year old carp (yes, a carp, see in the picutre) named “Hanako” meaning “flower child” (Although “Hanako” 花子 is a generic female Japanese name–you’ll never meet a woman named “Hanako” much like you never meet a dog named pooch or rover–No direct comparison or offense meant or implied here. The person who came up with this name may have been at Woodstock). I am sure this is another one of those “bottled for export only” items. I wish the color of the bottle wasn’t quite so pink and it was named after something more along the lines of Yeti or “Yuki otoko” 雪男.