3 Basic Ways to Make Ochazuke Rice Soup

Some people like miso soup soaked rice, and like that, “Ochazuke (お茶漬け)”, or Chazuke, has also been a long-time favorite rice soup dish in Japan. 

For the unfamiliar, Ochazuke is a bowl of rice that has been entirely soaked in hot green tea or soup and is typically garnished with some toppings.

3 Basic Ways to Make Ochazuke

Actually, there are 3 basic ways to make Ochazuke. For people who are interested in the Japanese rice bowl dish, today I will explain how it is prepared.

1. Make Ochazuke with Japanese Green Tea

Ochazuke with Tarako Roe

As the word “Ocha (お茶)” means “Tea” in Japanese, Ochazuke is originally made using Japanese green tea.

For the Ochazuke whose main topping has a light taste (e.g. Umeboshi plums, Tarako roe, or grilled salmon flakes), “Sencha (煎茶)”, “Hojicha (ほうじ茶)”, or “Genmaicha (玄米茶)” tea is recommended.

Tai Chazuke

In contrast, if you want to put luxurious food, like grilled unagi, tempura, or sea bream sashimi slices, on the rice soup, high-grade green tea “Gyokuro (玉露)” is recommended.

Preparation

How to prepare Ochazuke with Japanese green tea is really simple as follows.

  1. Put the main topping and other garnishes like wasabi, shredded nori seaweed, and white sesame seeds, on a bowl of plain rice
  2. Pour piping hot green tea suitable for the main topping until the rice is entirely soaked in the tea
  3. Enjoy Ochazuke!

2. Make Ochazuke with Dashi Stock

Japanese Kombu-Cha Kelp Seaweed Tea

Some Japanese like making Ochazuke using dashi stock. To make this type of Ochazuke, they usually use powdered dashi granules like “Ajinomoto Hondashi” or a kelp seaweed powder meant for Japanese kombu tea.

Especially, since the kelp or kombu seaweed powder has plenty of umami components in it, I personally recommend it to make this type of Ochazuke.

Preparation

How to prepare Ochazuke with powdered dashi or the like (kelp powder for kombu tea) is also really simple like this.

  1. Put the main topping and other garnishes like wasabi, shredded nori, and white sesame seeds, on a bowl of white rice
  2. Add a teaspoon of Ajinomoto Hondashi or a proper amount of kelp seaweed powder to the bowl, and then pour boiling water sufficiently
  3. Enjoy Ochazuke!

3. Make Ochazuke with Ochazuke Nori Seasoning

Nagatanien Ochazuke

You can readily make Ochazuke if you use the Ochazuke Nori soup base that is similar to Furikake. There are several kinds of Ochazuke Nori seasoning, but among those, Nagatanien’s Ochazuke Nori is the best and most loved.

Using the Ochazuke Nori rice seasoning is the easiest way to make Ochazuke because it not only contains soup base powder but also has garnishes.

Preparation

How to prepare Ochazuke with Ochazuke Nori Seasoning is like this.

  1. Sprinkle a bag of Ochazuke Nori Seasoning on a bowl of plain rice
  2. Pour boiling water abundantly
  3. If desired, additionally garnish the rice soup with some topping like Umeboshi or Tarako
  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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  1. July 22, 2017

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    […] Miso paste on it.If Japanese green tea is poured in a bowl of rice with Yuzu Miso paste,Yuzu Miso Chazuke(boiled rice in soup) can be easily […]

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