I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Kirin. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Today, I’m going to take you on a trip… with your taste buds, far from my Midwest US country-life. We’re talking across the small pond (it’s really a huge ocean) to Asia. Are you ready for it? Buckle your seat belts and grab your wasabi, sushi ginger or spicy mayo… whichever you prefer with your sushi.
I’ve never tried making my own sushi before, but my-oh-my it’s really not that hard. Whenever I go out to eat, I like to switch up the cuisine.. you know something different other than the “American” cuisine. I had my first taste of sushi when I graduated high school (I won’t tell you how long that’s been) and started college. One of my classes gave us an assignment to go out and try something new, so me loving food… I grabbed one of my friends and we headed to a Japanese restaurant. It was there that I had my first sushi and loved it. Of course at that time I was not even close to being 21 yet, therefore the thought of enjoying a Japanese-style beer with my sushi was not even questioned.
Today, being over 21, I like to enjoy a glass of beer, wine or margarita with my meals (depending on the cuisine of course). With that being said, have you ever tried Kirin beer? What’d you think of it if you have tried it?
I must admit, I hadn’t tried this beer until it was sent to me for this review. This Japanese lager appears golden in color . The aroma is pretty weak, but maybe little hints of grass. Now getting the the taste… there’s a slight sweetness when taking the initial sip, but then it’s followed by bitterness. Honestly, the follow through tastes like a strong Bud Light. Now, pairing this with my Spicy Shrimp Sushi Rolls leaves no room for arguing that this lager pairs well with spicy foods, but drinking it alone might be a completely different story. I’ll leave this lager to enjoy drinking while eating sushi all day long 🙂
I shared a bottle or two with a couple friends (yes, over the age of 21) and their thoughts were that the Kirin Light tasted like a stronger Budweiser, but overall was pretty tasty.
Are you ready for these Spicy Shrimp Sushi Rolls yet? Well lets get to them…Recipe Card
- 3/4 cup prepared sushi rice
- 10 large shrimp, cooked, peeled and deveined
- 1 cucumber, peeled, cut into thin strips
- 1/4 cup mayonaise
- 1-2 tablespoons Sriracha
- To Taste salt
- Spicy Mayonnaise Sauce
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha
- Chop the shrimp into small pieces.
- Add the 1/4 cup mayonaise, 1-2 tablespoons Sriracha (more or less depending on heat tolerance) and salt to taste.
- Stir thoroughly.
- Wrap the bamboo mat with plastic wrap and place half of the nori sheet, shiny side down and spread the rice over the nori sheet.
- Turn it over and place the chopped shrimp mixture and cucumber strips at the bottom of the nori sheet.
- From the bottom end, start rolling nori sheet over the filling tightly and firmly with bamboo mat until the bottom end reaches the nori sheet. Lift the bamboo mat and roll over.
- Place the bamboo mat over the roll and tightly squeeze the roll.
- Cut the roll into 8 pieces with knife. Clean knife with wet towel after each cut.
- Transfer the sushi slices to a serving plate.
- Combine the spicy mayonnaise ingredients and drizzle over each slice.
- **Yields 3 rolls**
Want to hear some specifics about Kirin? Well, you’re in luck because I’ve got them!
Celebrity chef, Candice Kumai has partnered with Kirin to bring Japanese-style beer to the ever-so-growing Asian cuisine. Kirin’s pure, clean taste is a great compliment to the modern (refined) bold flavored Japanese cuisine. Make sure to stay in touch with Kirin’s Facebook page as Candice will be sharing special recipes and pairings.
- A 100% malt (the reason for the golden color), first-pressed beer with rich flavor, a smooth finish and clean aftertaste
- Only uses the first strain of malt liquid, which means it’s truly beer at its purest (who doesn’t love a nice strong beer?)
- Pairs nicely with the traditional Japanese or modern Asian cuisines
- Full flavor and authentic Japanese-style beer with just 95 calories (a nice tasting light beer when I’m waiting my weight? Yes please)
- If you’re into watching your calories then this will pair well with the healthier Asian dishes
Kirin Ichiban Frozen
- We’re talking draft beer topped with frozen Kirin Ichiban, using a propietary process (can we say I love frozen drinks!)
Let’s talk the Kirin Brand…
- In Japan and all over the world, Kirin is known as a beer at its purest because of its first-press brewing process and clean taste
- One of the oldest breweries in Japan dates all the way back to 1888
- The mythical Kirin Beast is considered a good omen of serenity and prosperity
- Japanese customs requires one to never fill their own glass and to never let another’s glass get completely empty (hey, that sounds like my kind of custom!)
- In Japan, when everyone is ready to drink, they salute by saying “kanpai”
If you’re not a sushi fan, give Kirin a try with stir-fry or soup.
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