How to Enjoy Nagatanien Ochazuke Nori Rice Seasoning
Steamed plain rice and Miso soup are the staple food of the Japanese, so a variety of condiments for rice are available at supermarkets in Japan.
Among those, “Furikake (ふりかけ)” is especially popular and comes in many varieties like these.
Furikake is a rice seasoning that consists of mini flakes made from various foods such as meat, fish, eggs, seaweed, and sesame seeds, and we enjoy it sprinkling over rice.
Furikake is relatively well-known in some countries and, in recent years, can be bought on online shopping sites like Amazon.com.
But have you ever heard of “Ochazuke Nori (お茶づけ海苔)” rice seasoning?
Nagatanien Ochazuke-Nori (永谷園 お茶づけ海苔)
The Ochazuke Nori seasoning (Amazon.com) is produced and sold by a major Japanese food company “Nagatanien (永谷園)”.
The product was released in 1952, and now it has become one of the most beloved rice seasonings in Japan.
The Ochazuke Nori rice seasoning (original flavor) consists of green-colored seasoning powder, shredded Nori (dried seaweed laver), and crispy rice crackers like matchsticks.
From the photo, you might wonder, “Is this a kind of Furikake seasoning?”, but you need one more step prior to eating the rice.
Actually, after sprinkling the seasoning over steamed plain rice, you need to pour boiling hot water into the bowl until the rice is entirely soaked.
At this point, you can enjoy the rice with soup.
The rice soup has moderate saltiness and is light in taste. In addition to a faint aroma of Matcha, it has a good flavor that comes from the umami of Kombu.
Finally, according to the ingredient list, the original Nagatanien Ochazuke Nori rice seasoning consists of seasoning powder (salt, sugar, Matcha green tea, Kombu seaweed powder), Arare rice crackers, and Nori (seaweed laver).