Ochazuke is a dish that gladdens the heart of every Japanese; true. It is a dish that they eat even when they are not feeling very hungry. The dish itself does not require any major culinary skills and is very easy to make. Best of all, it is a dish that is very easy to digest!
The history of the Ochazuke dish goes back a long time. In fact, it has been consumed by Japanese people for well over one thousand years. There are stories of it being a popular dish in the Heian period when it was common to pour some hot water and tea over their cooked rice. In the Edo period, the custom was to drink green tea and so it became common for people to prepare the Ochazuke dish with green tea instead of water.
Eat it anywhere
This wonderful Japanese dish can be consumed anywhere. While some people prefer to eat it at home there are others that like to eat it at an upscale restaurant. At home, it is considered the ideal quick meal which can also provide health benefits such as soothing your upset stomach. Since it is so easy to prepare, it has become a favorite food of most students and among those who are still single.
If you want to consume the Ochazuke dish at a restaurant, then it will probably be the last dish you want to eat. You can also eat it at a typical Japanese pub or you can even have it as a traditional Japanese kaiseki dining option. There are also many restaurants in Japan that specialize in serving this dish.
How to prepare it?
To prepare this dish, you must have some cooked rice on hand. Ideally, you should go with short-grain Japanese rice though some people prefer brown rice. To make the dish more enjoyable, you can even add some toppings to it. These toppings can be customized to suit your taste.
Typically, you can add some fish or seafood for a topping though it you want to make a more luxurious Ochazuke dish, then you may want to add crispy salted salmon skin and charcoal broiled eel. It is also a good idea to add vegetables such as pickled vegetables and some wakame seaweed.
The best way to make the Ochazuke dish more enjoyable is by pouring some hot tea or hot liquid over the rice. This is the last component of the dish. There are several options available in terms of tea to be added to the dish including flavored green tea.
The best place to try the Ochazuke dish is at your home or in a restaurant. It is a versatile dish that anyone can prepare. It is no exaggeration to say that you won’t find anyone in Japan that does not like this dish.