When I visit the only Japanese grocery store left in our area, what I find is sort of hit-or-miss. On one such visit, I found boiled small octopus (only head or body portion but not the legs or tentacles) in the refrigerated case. I only saw boiled octopus legs before in this store but this was new, so I bought it.
The octopus is a bit firm but very nice. It has different textures as compared to the tentacles of larger octopus. I made sumiso sauce a tad too vinegary this time. I served this with braised potato and green beans (right in the image below) as opening dishes.
We tasted a new batch of G-Sake “joy” (I suppose “G” is for “Genshu” 原酒). We think this is a new brew since the shape of the bottle is slightly different (No “BY” or “Brew Year” is listed on the bottle). The taste is about the same as before with a “umami” predominant taste profile. It has a slightly viscous but pleasant mouth feel. As compared to the old batch, my wife felt it was slightly more yeasty but I did not. If this sake had a bit more fruity and crisp upfront taste which leads to the “umami”-laden finish, which this one already posses, this sake would be formidable. But the taste of this sake is a true undiluted or “genshu” style of sake. The assertive vinegary taste of my miso dressing actually went very well with this sake.