Japan is renowned for taking foreign imports and putting its own spin on them, and the humble hamburger is no exception. A Japanese-style burger is served with no bun, usually with a savoury sauce (such as mushroom) and some vegetables. (See the original article linked below for an example.)
So why would you have sake with a hamburger made of finest Japanese wagyu beef on a bed of vegetables in meat broth accompanied by polished white rice? Itodani says they go surprisingly well together, the sake refreshing the mouth and complementing the rice – but best of all, bringing out the umami of the meat broth.
- Original article (Japanese, Sankei West, 16 April 2018)