Updated: April 18, 2016
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Ochazuke, Simple But Not So Plain
Ochazuke is just that, a happy marriage between rice and tea.
We know that there are so many different types and many different ways to serve rice, we also know that there are many different types and different ways to serve tea, and we know that generally speaking Japanese loves rice and tea (or at least consumes a huge amount of both), so it is only natural to combine the two in the same bowl… right? Well, Ochazuke is just that, a happy marriage between rice and tea.
Ochazuke is a simple dish made by pouring green tea, water, or Dashi over rice. A simple dish it is but a plain one it isn’t as Ochazuke often comes with many different toppings such as Japanese pickles, seaweed, Mentaiko, wasabi, scallions… and the list goes on and on.
Who ever thought of pouring green tea over rice? It was during the Edo period that this practice became popular, before that water was commonly use.
How popular is this dish in Japan? It is popular enough where you can actually find and buy instant Ochazuke with freeze-dried toppings and seasonings for your home.
Two cool examples of homemade ochazuke
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