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Ochazuke – Japanese Rice Soup with Plum, Nori and Wasabi

  • Alastair Coates Recipe Japanese Vegan Fusion Ochazuke
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This is one of the recipes I picked up when I was living in Japan – it's called ochazuke, and is a great way of using up left over rice, although I sometimes make rice especially. If you're feeling down, or just a bit sick, this is such a warming dish that never fails to make me feel better. Although I started off in Japan with the contents of a packet and pouring hot water over it, when I came back to Europe it was harder to find and I wanted to see if I could buy the individual ingredients. It's almost as easy to recreate yourself, and it certainly tastes as good!


  • 1 portion rice – cooked
  • 300 ml freshly brewed green tea
  • 1 or 2 pickled plums (available in Asian markets or health stores)
  • 2 cm wasabi paste (optional) – always read the ingredients
  • 2 tsp soy sauce – you can use gluten-free Tamari too
  • Nori seaweed – I usually cut a 1 inch strip off the sheet and this is enough for one person.

Here’s how you make it

  1. Put the cooked rice into a bowl, making sure the bowl isn’t too full.
  2. Cut the flesh off the plum and add it on top of the rice. Add in the wasabi too.
  3. Use scissors to snip the nori into little strips to sprinkle into the bowl.
  4. Pour the tea over the bowl until it is all covered. Use a spoon to mix it in.
  5. Add the soy sauce to taste.
  6. Enjoy with a spoon.


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Contributor Alastair Coates

Pictures by Kasia Zacharko
Date Added 19/07/2015
Type Preparation Time 0h 20m Cooking Time 0h 5m Serves 1