Ochazuke (Green Tea Rice)

See the RecipeHelen Rosner

Japanese ochazuke is just white rice steeped in green tea, and yet it's so much more. Eat it alone for a gentle vegetal flavor, or add toasted nori, crumbled rice crackers, bonito flakes, or wasabi. This recipe appeared in the 2012 SAVEUR 100 with the story Ochazuke.

Ochazuke (Green Tea Rice)
Japanese ochazuke is just white rice steeped in green tea, and yet it's so much more. Eat it alone for a gentle vegetal flavor, or add toasted nori, crumbled rice crackers, bonito flakes, or wasabi.
Yield: makes 3 Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 12 cups short grain rice (can be sushi rice), rinsed
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 tbsp. sake
  • 1 tsp. matcha green tea powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Place rice, water, sake, tea powder, and salt in a 4 quart saucepan and soak for 1 hour. Place over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Place a lid on the pot and turn the heat down to medium and cook 10 -15 minutes until rice is done. Let rest for 10 minutes and then fluff with a fork. Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds.