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The History of Ochazuke

Ochazuke is a popular Japanese snack made by pouring green tea over cooked rice. It has an image as a midnight snack, or a quick meal on getting back from a night out.

The origins of ochazuke go back to the medieval period. At that time, at the end of the meal people would pour hot water over their rice and eat it with pickles.

However, as steeped tea brewed in a pot (sencha) improved in the eighteenth century, people started to use that instead of hot water, making ochazuke. This developed further as good seaweed or wasabi were added to the mix. These days, high-end Japanese restaurants pour hot broth over the rice, which can be said to be a further development of ochazuke.

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