Ochazuke : 3 Basic Ways to Make the Soup-Soaked Rice

Have you ever heard that some Japanese like the plain white rice soaked in miso soup?

As with the soaked rice in miso soup, we love Ochazuke (お茶漬け). Ochazuke, also known as Chazuke, is a Japanese rice bowl dish like the rice in miso soup.

The rice bowl dish, Ochazuke basically consists of steamed plain white rice soaked in Japanese green tea or soup. On top of the rice soup, a main ingredient and toppings are usually put.

3 Basic Ways to Make Ochazuke

Actually, there are 3 basic ways to make Ochazuke. For those who are interested in the unique Japanese rice bowl dish, today I want to explain how to make it.

1. Make Ochazuke with Japanese Green Tea

Ochazuke with Tarako roe

Since the Japanese word, “Ocha (お茶)” means “Tea”, Ochazuke is originally made using Japanese green tea. It is generally said that the 3 Japanese green tea, Sencha (煎茶), Hojicha (ほうじ茶), and Genmaicha (玄米茶), are suitable for the Ochazuke whose main toppings are light foods, such as Umeboshi pickled ume plums, Tarako fish roe, and grilled salmon flakes.

Tai (sea bream) Chazuke

In contrast, if you want to put a luxurious food as its main ingredient on the rice soup, like grilled eel, Tempura, and fresh raw sea bream Sashimi slices, the high-quality Japanese green tea, Gyokuro (玉露) is generally recommend for making the Ochazuke.

The Making Instructions

How to make Ochazuke with Japanese green tea is really simple and easy. Here are the making instructions.

  1. Put a main ingredient and toppings like Wasabi, shredded dried Nori seaweed, and white sesame seeds on steamed plain rice in a bowl
  2. Pour Japanese green tea suitable for the main ingredient until the rice is entirely soaked in the tea
  3. Enjoy Ochazuke!

2. Make Ochazuke with Japanese Soup Base

KELP POWDER ”FUJI NO KOMBUCHA” 140g Ajinomoto – HonDashi Soup Base 4.23 Oz.
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Some Japanese like making Ochazuke using a certain soup base available at grocery stores. They usually use a Japanese soup base like “Ajinomoto HonDashi” or the kelp seaweed powder for making Japanese Kombu tea like “Fuji no Kombucha” for making this type of Ochazuke. Especially, the kelp seaweed powder has plenty of umami ingredients, so it is recommended as a soup base for this type of Ochazuke.

The Making Instructions

How to make Ochazuke with the Japanese soup base is also really simple and easy. Here are the making instructions.

  1. Put a main ingredient and toppings like Wasabi, shredded dried Nori seaweed, and white sesame seeds on steamed white rice in a bowl
  2. Add a teaspoon of Ajinomoto Hondashi or a proper amount of the kelp seaweed powder to the bowl, then pour hot water sufficiently
  3. Enjoy Ochazuke !

3. Make Ochazuke with Nagatanien Ochazuke Nori Seasoning

Nagatanien Ochazuke Nori Seasoning
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Like a wide variety of Furikake rice seasonings are available at Japanese supermarkets, there also exists the seasoning for making Ochazuke in Japan. Among those Ochazuke seasonings, Nagatanien Ochazuke Nori seasoning is the top-selling product.

Making Ochazuke with Nagatanien Ochazuke Nori seasoning is the most standard and easiest way, because it contains both toppings and soup base powder for Ochazuke. Of course, it is good to put main ingredients like Umeboshi and Tarako on the rice soup additionally.

The Making Instructions

Here are the basic instructions of how to make Ochazuke with Nagatanien Ochazuke Nori seasoning.

  1. Sprinkle a bag of Nagatanien Ochazuke Nori seasoning over steamed plain rice in a bowl
  2. Pour boiling hot water sufficiently
  3. Add main ingredients, like Umeboshi and Tarako, to the rice soup, as you like
  4. Enjoy Ochazuke!

Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

2 Responses

  1. July 22, 2017

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