Chameshi: Green Tea Rice Recipe using Ito-En Oi Ocha

The other day, I wrote an article about Japan’s top-selling green tea PET bottle “Ito-En Oi Ocha (伊藤園 おーいお茶)“.

The Japanese green tea is not only fine, but also gentle and smooth in taste, and is really easy to drink. Besides, thanks to its mild flavor, the Oi Ocha green tea is suitable for being used in dishes.

In fact, many recipes using Oi Ocha green tea are introduced on Ito-En’s official Japanese website, and out of those, today I will introduce an easy “Chameshi (茶飯)” recipe. 

Cha-Meshi (茶飯)

Cha-Meshi

Cha-Meshi, literally meaning Tea Rice, is a unique Japanese rice bowl dish made of non-glutinous “Uruchi” rice boiled in green tea such as Sencha or Hojicha, which is lightly seasoned with salt.

In addition to having a slightly salty taste, the cooked rice is especially characterized by its subtle green tea aroma.

Chameshi is known as a local specialty of Nara Prefecture, and as you can guess from the description above, the basic way to make it is very simple.

Here, just with Ito-En’s regular Oi Ocha unsweetened green tea and the following cooking instructions, you can easily enjoy authentic Japanese Chameshi rice.

Recipe using Ito-En Oi Ocha

(Image and Source: itoen.co.jp)
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Chameshi Recipe using Ito-En Oi Ocha (4 servings)
Ingredient Quantity
Polished rice 300 g
Oi Ocha Unsweetened Green Tea 440 cc
Sake rice wine 1 tablespoon
Salt 1 teaspoon
  1. Wash the rice in water
  2. Combine the rice with the salt, sake, and Ito-En Oi Ocha, and boil the mixture
  3. Serve the cooked rice in a bowl
  4. Enjoy the Chameshi!


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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