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O-kazu (おかず or お数; お菜; 御菜?) is a Japanese word meaning a side dish to accompany rice; subsidiary articles of diet.[1] They are typically made from fish (tempura), meat, vegetable, or tofu and designed to add flavor to the rice. In modern Japanese cuisine, o-kazu can accompany noodles in place of rice.


  1. ^ Kenkyusha's New Japanese-English Dictionary, ISBN 4-7674-2015-6