Have you ever had ochazuke before? Chances are, unless you have been to Japan, you haven’t! While not very popular outside of Japan, its a common Japanese comfort food that is eaten across the country by people from all walks of life. Ochazuke is white rice with hot green tea poured over it, and usually topped with seaweed, salted fish, or other simple savoury ingredients. While its not a proper “sit down with your whole family and enjoy it together” kind of meal, ochazuke is still enjoyed by people looking for a quick bite, or eaten after a meal is finished to help you feel full and use up extra rice. Since it’s usually made with leftover ingredients and things one has at home already, it’s not an expensive dish to make either!
What is Ochazuke Anyway?
The name “ochazuke” comes from a combination of two Japanese words; “ocha,” which means tea, and “zuke,” which roughly means submerged. And that is exactly how ochazuke is made, by submerging rice in tea! So if you’re ready for a meal that you can make even when you’re tired and want to try something that is truly Japanese, you can try to make ochazuke at home. Depending on the toppings you chose, its very easy to make ochazuke vegan and vegetarian friendly as well!
What you need:
Ochazuke Recipe( Makes: 1 serving )
Optional toppings: 1 tsp crushed Japanese rice crackers, 1 tsp shredded dry seaweed, 1 tsp cut scallion, 1 tsp white sesame seeds, 1/2 fillet of salted salmon, wasabi to taste
How to Cook It:
1First, prepare your green tea. Put the tea leaves in the pot and add the appropriate temperature of water for your leaves (be sure to check their packaging as different teas require different brewing directions). Set aside 1-2 minutes to cool after it has brewed.
2Next, serve the cooked rice in a bowl. Make sure the rice is already warmed up! Leftover and fresh rice can both be used.
3Pour the tea over the rice until it covers up the rice about halfway, ensuring the liquid gets on everything.
4Add the toppings you have chosen to the top, and enjoy your dish!
Have you ever had ochazuke before? Are you going to try to make some now with our recipe? If you have had it, or have made it before, did you like it? How did our recipe work for you? What toppings did you use for your ochazuke? Would you like to see another similar recipe for something else? Let us know in the comments!