Chazuke (茶漬け, ちゃづけ) or ochazuke (お茶漬け, from (o)cha 'tea' + tsuke 'submerge') is a simple Japanese dish made by pouring green tea, dashi, or hot water over cooked rice, roughly in the same proportion as milk over cereal, usually with savoury toppings.
Common toppings include Japanese pickles (tsukemono), umeboshi, nori (seaweed), furikake, sesame seeds, tarako and mentaiko (salted and marinated pollock roe), salted salmon, shiokara (pickled seafood), scallions and wasabi.
Chazuke provides a good way to use leftover rice as a quick snack because this dish is easy to make. It is also known as cha-cha gohan.
Since the 1970s packaged "instant ochazuke," consisting of freeze-dried toppings and seasonings, have become popular.
Chazuke with umeboshi and chicken filet
- Seductions of Rice - Jeffrey Alford, Naomi Duguid. p. 213.
- Dining Guide to Japan: Find the Right Restaurant, Order the Right Dish, and Pay the Right Price - Boye Lafayette De Mente. pp. 104-105.
- Tale of Genji 21, 27, 47, 51, 54; Pillow Book 186: "If a man that's so drunk can't help staying overnight with me, I won't serve him even a hot water rice."
- Morisada Mankoh (Ch.4) attributes the origin of tea-rice to Edo during Meireki years, which became popular in Kansai area during Genroku.
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