Hakko Labo Pop Up is happening until this weekend (26 March 2023)! Catch Jean in action here with her new baby, the special amakaze infused beverages in Mikaa Café, a very special collaboration.
So, what is Amazake 甘酒?
Amazake is a traditional Japanese drink made of fermented rice. It is literally known as sweet (甘) sake (酒). It is a very special drink with thick consistency and naturally sweet in flavour; can be served hot or cold.
You may think sweet sake is an alcoholic beverage, but well, there are actually two types of Amazake. The alcoholic amazake is made with sake lees, while the non-alcoholic one is made with rice koji. Hakko Labo’s version is the latter one, non-alcoholic type so that children can enjoy them too.
The making process is pretty tedious. It is made by steaming and mashing the cooked white rice, adding in koji (a type of mold) and water and left for its fermentation process, at a specific environment condition. The end product can be drink at its own or made into beautiful beverages like how Mikaa Café does.
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