name = Tamagozake
type = cocktail
sake = yes
served = Hot
*3/4 cup sake
prep = Combine sake, egg and sweetener, either traditionally in a pot of boiling water, over a low flame, or in a microwave; whisking frequently. Be careful to not heat this to the point where you get sweet, wet scrambled eggs (you want a thick and hot "liquid").
nihongo|Tamagozake|卵酒 non-standard: 玉子酒 is a drink consisting of heated
sake, sugarand a raw egg. It translates as "egg saké," being made of the kanji卵 (non-standard: 玉子) "tamago" (egg) and 酒 "saké". Outside of Japan, tamagozake is sometimes referred to as "sake-nog," due to its resemblance to egg nog. However, this term would not likely be recognized by a Japanese person.
Cure for the common cold
Tamagozake is the most traditional
home remedyfor the common coldin Japan. Most Japanese swear by it as an effective cure, but whether this is a result of traditionor habit inducing the placebo effect, or if it has actual medicinal properties, is unknown.
The sake is supposed to give you a good night's sleep and the
lysozymein the egg white is said to strengthen the immune system and thus help cure the cold.
Even though it is an alcoholic drink, it is sometimes given as a cold cure to children as well as adults, and is similar to
chicken soupor hot toddies in Western countries.
Like most home remedies, there are several variant recipes for tamagozake, but the basic properties are the same.
The most traditional says that tamagozake should only be served using
chopsticks, as it invokes memories of Buddhist services, and thus adds to the healing power.
* [http://kokonuggetyumyum.blogspot.com/2006/02/common-cold-remedies-meme.html Obachan's Kitchen - Common cold remedies]
* [http://www.wikibartender.org/wiki/index.php?title=Tamagozake WikiBartender.org recipe for Tamagozake]
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