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

Just as some Japanese like the miso soup soaked rice, we have loved “Ochazuke (お茶漬け)” for a long time. Ochazuke, also known as Chazuke, is a Japanese rice bowl dish like the cooked rice in miso soup.

The rice bowl dish, Ochazuke consists of steamed plain white rice entirely soaked in hot Japanese green tea or soup. Additionally 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, here I will explain how it is made.

1. Make Ochazuke with Japanese Green Tea

Ochazuke with Tarako roeOchazuke with Tarako Roe

As the word “Ocha (お茶)” means “Tea” in Japanese, Ochazuke is originally made using Japanese green tea.

It is generally said that the 3 types of 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 plums, Tarako roe, and grilled salmon flakes.

Tai (sea bream) ChazukeTai Chazuke

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

Making Instructions

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

  1. Put a main ingredient and toppings like Wasabi, shredded Nori seaweed, and white sesame seeds, on a bowl of steamed plain rice
  2. Pour piping hot 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 a kelp seaweed powder for Japanese Kombu tea like “Fuji no Kombucha” to make this type of Ochazuke.

Especially, the kelp seaweed powder has plenty of umami ingredients in it, so is recommended as a soup base for this type of Ochazuke.

Making Instructions

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

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

3. Make Ochazuke with Nagatanien Ochazuke Nori Seasoning

Nagatanien Ochazuke

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

Making Ochazuke with Nagatanien Ochazuke Nori Seasoning is the most standard and easiest way, because the Ochazuke seasoning contains both toppings and soup base powder in it.

Of course, it is good to additionally put ingredients like Umeboshi and Tarako on the rice soup.

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 a bowl of steamed plain rice
  2. Pour boiling water sufficiently
  3. Add ingredients, like Umeboshi and Tarako, to the rice soup, to your preference
  4. Enjoy Ochazuke!

Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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