Sake, also known as Japanese rice wine, has people all over the world besotted with it. Many know sake for its unique taste, but only a few are aware of what else it offers. View this post on Instagram Ms Ayumi Fujishiro is a certified Sake Sommelier and one of the world’s youngest Sake Lecturers. Join her on 30 & 31 May as she shares her experience and knowledge in sake appreciation! Expect to taste 5 types of sake, receive tips on selecting your go-to sake, and even taste Japan-sourced snacks for pairing. Click on the link in our bio for sign-up details! #paragonsg #paragonorchard #ikebana #japan #sake A post shared by Paragon (@paragon.sg) on May 23, 2018 at 2:09am PDT <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> Check out some obscure facts about sake – from pairing it with Singapore food, to bathing in it for good skin – compiled with the help of Japanese sake sommelier Ayumi Fujishiro. The 28-year-old is one of only two official lecturers of the Sake Service Institute – Japan’s leading organised body for sake sommelier certification – based in Singapore. 5 most peaceful spots in Kyoto to see Japanese cherry tree blossoms Cook with or bathe in sake Yes, you read that right. Besides drinking sake, the Japanese rice wine can be used in the bath tub – and there are benefits of doing so, Fujishiro says. In Japan, we put sake in bathtubs when we take a bath so that [our] skin becomes amazingly beautiful Ayumi Fujishiro, sake sommelier “In Japan, we put it in bathtubs when we take a bath so that [our] skin becomes amazingly beautiful,” she says. Happy World Sake Day: 6 of the best Japanese rice wine drinks around You can also use sake to make garlic sauce for steak, to marinate karaage (Japanese fried chicken), and to steam fish and clams as the wine does a good job at removing the fishy taste, she says. So there’s no reason for you to store the beverage if you can’t finish drinking it. Pair sake with Singaporean food The traditional Japanese wine goes well with a few of the most iconic food dishes offered in Singapore, Fujishiro says. It can be paired with Lion City favourites such as satay, roti prata (an Indian-influenced flatbread dish) or bak chor mee (minced meat noodles). Seventeen and BLACKPINK to play at Japan’s Summer Sonic music festival Specifically, junmai or junmai ginjo – which are different types of sake – taste best when paired with strong-flavoured Singapore food, such as laksa and chilli crab, she says. “Sake is made with rice so it is obvious that sake goes well with food,” she says. “Rice can go well with everything – salty, sour, spicy, bitter and sweet.” ... but only certain sake and food pairings work It’s widely known that only certain food dishes and alcoholic beverages make ideal pairings, for example steak and red wine. And sake is no exception, Fujishiro says. Sashimi (thinly-sliced raw fish or meat) and seafood such as steamed or grilled fish should be paired with junmai ginjo, ginjo, honjozo – all different types of sake. Meanwhile, strong-flavoured meats, such as steak or yakitori (Japanese skewered chicken) should be eaten with tokubetsu junmai or junmai, which are stronger sake types. 11 top spots to visit in Nikko, Japan She said that generally, having sashimi with junmai dai ginjo – a type of sake which may taste excessively fruity or sweet – would leave an undesirable fishy taste in one’s mouth. Similarly, pairing Wagyu beef with the same type of sake would result in an overpowering beefy taste, which makes it difficult to savour the sake flavour. Expensive sake doesn’t mean good quality Higher quality red wine usually costs more. But when it comes to sake, this notion does not apply. Fujishiro says the list of ingredients will show if a bottle of sake is of higher quality. 5 facts about Japanese sake that you didn’t know If it is made only with rice, water and perhaps some yeast, without any other chemicals, it is quality sake, she says. Don’t keep sake for too long Fujishiro says she is often asked how long a bottle of sake can be kept after it has been opened. K-pop boy band BTS wins ‘best Asian artist’ and four other Japan Gold Disc Awards Ideally a bottle of sake should be consumed within a week after being opened, but shelf life varies depending on the type of sake, she says. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter This article originally appeared on Business Insider .