Both anime and manga are full of amazing dishes. From Japanese traditional food to modern お菓子 (okashi – candy), we take the recipes we find in the series and cook them for real!
The second recipe is for a bowl of tea chazuke that appears in Bungou Stray Dogs Episode o1.
Today’s menu : how to make a bowl of tea chazuke from Bungou Stray Dogs
What is ochazuke?
Ochazuke (or chazuke) is a rice dish with green tea poured over it. People have it with Houji roasted green tea, oolong tea, hot water or Japanese soup stock instead of regular green tea.
On top of ochazuke, you can put pickled vegetables, pickled ume plums, salt-grilled salmon and seaweed if you like.
You can easily find instant ochazuke seasoning sachets in convenience stores and supermarkets in Japan. It is really popular among the people there. Japanese people often have ochazuke as a light meal at the end of drinking.
In Bungou Stray Dogs, a starving Atsushi remembers the ochazuke that he ate in his orphanage. The way it’s described sounds so delicious and inviting.
Today I will show you how to make this ochazuke from Bungou Stray Dogs today!
(For one serving)
Cooked rice ….. 1 rice-measuring cup (330g)[*1]
Finely chopped spring onion ….. to garnish[*2]
Chicken ….. 90g[*3]
Dashi stock sachet ….. 1[*4]
Cold water ….. 300cc
Pickled ume plum ….. 1[*5]
Shredded seaweed ….. a pinch to sprinkle[*6]
Shio Kombu (salted kelp) ….. a pinch to garnish[*7]
(1) Make a dashi soup stock.
Bring 300cc water to a boil and put a dashi stock packet into the pot when it’s ready. Simmer it for 1-2 mins and take the sachet out.
(2) Grill the chicken with salt.
In the anime, they refer the chicken to ‘the leftover chicken from the last night’s dinner’ and I wasn’t sure what it was seasoned with. So, I’m grilling the chicken just with salt this time.
Put diced chicken in a heated frying pan with a small amount of oil. Cook the chicken pieces until they’re golden brown. Season them with salt.
(3) Garnish ochazuke with toppings.
Serve cooked rice in a bowl and garnish it with cooked chicken, shio kombu, pickled ume, shredded seaweed and finely chopped spring onion.
(I totally forgot to put pickled ume this time! Sorry! )
(4) Pour the dashi soup stock over the rice. Bon Appetite♪
I prefer a dashi soup stock to green tea for Ochazuke, so I made it with dashi soup this time. The dashi soup definitely adds extra depth in its flavor…it’s so good!
Shio kombu is full of its natural flavors. When you have it together with dashi, you’ll experience the pleasant sensation on your palette. Ochazuke is refreshing and easy to eat, but it’s also filling for having chicken in it. Unfortunately, I forgot to put pickled ume this time. If you add it into your ochazuke, the sourness will surely boost your appetite.
The tip when you eat ochazuke is to quickly start eating it while the dashi soup is nice and hot. If you wait too long, the rice absorbs the soup and becomes really soggy.
How was it? It is so easy to make it, and it is incredibly healthy. I‘d recommend you to have it after drinking.
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