This Is Where You Can Have a Healthy Bowl of Ochazuke in Japan
It's a bowl of steamed rice with toppings flavored with dashi, or tea.
With specialty stores opening one after the other since fall last year, ochazuke has turned into a trendy food item nowadays. Since it is a simple Japanese dish made by pouring dashi (stock) or tea on steamed rice with toppings, the flavor of the ingredients shines when they are carefully selected. Keep your body warm in this cold season with a healthy bowl of ochazuke! Here are a few restaurants that serve the dish.
SHIBARAKU, produced by the Nagatanien Group, offers a bowl full of ingredients
SHIBARAKU meticulously prepares their stock, rice, and miso. Their healthy ochazuke is made with rich and flavorful stock, served with a bowl of miso soup that has lots of vegetables. The umami of several fresh ingredients blends with the aromatic stock, making you sip everything to the very last drop. What’s better is that you can choose the amount of rice when you order!
Red Salmon and Salmon Roe Ochazuke (¥950)
Dashi ochazuke topped with fried red salmon fillet and fresh salmon roe. The photo above shows a bowl with soy milk stock and 15-grain rice, a healthier combination choice.
You can add as much roasted mochi pieces and shredded nori (seaweed) as you want
The same roasted mochi pieces and nori used in the Nagatanien instant ochazuke products—anyone who lives in Japan is familiar with this—are available in the store. Add them to your bowl to change the flavor!
Ochazuke is available in 10 flavors. Stock flavors include Japanese stock and soy milk stock while you can choose between white rice and 15-grain rice. There are 7 toppings to choose from, including nanko plum (¥100), soft boiled egg (¥90), among others.
White, natural wood interior makes the store brighter, with a welcoming atmosphere that even female customers feel comfortable to come in
Counter and table seats are also available.
SHIBARAKU is located at Whity Umeda East Mall, 4-2 Umeda Chikagai, Komatsubaracho, Kita Ward, Osaka City. It is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends and holidays. It closes in accordance with the Whity Umeda schedule. You may contact them at +81-6-6364-2244. It is directly connected underground to all lines passing Umeda Station.
Bunbuku makes smooth ochazuke with rare tea
Bunbuku makes ochazuke with rare pot-roasted raw green tea leaves. Five types of aromatic pot-roasted green tea with well-rounded sweetness are individually used depending on the ingredients of the ochazuke. The kettle is boiled on the table, where you can have hot tea and ochazuke.
Grilled mackerel with salt (¥530)
The saltiness of mackerel grilled with far infrared heating is a good match to pot-roasted Bunbuku tea.
Ginger and Japanese ginger are available for toppings.
5 types of tea for making ochazuke
The tea changes depending on the order, such as Bunbuku-chazuke and ryoku-chazuke.
Ochazuke is available in 7 or 8 flavors. The 5 types of tea are used as stock and served with white rice. Toppings include Japanese ginger, ginger, and leek, among others.
Each seat is set up with a custom made copper kettle which you can use to pour water boiled into a huge pot.
Because the water is kept warm with far-infrared light, you can have hot tea anytime.
Bunbuku is located at 6-1-9 Isogamidori, Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. It is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily except Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-78-271-1233. It is a 5-minute walk from both JR and Hankyu Sannomiya Station.
HIYOTOKO offers customizable ochazuke
A huge serving of ochazuke, perfect for a much-awaited dinner, is the bestseller at HIYOTOKO. White miso or spicy miso stock combined with a base of rich Japanese stock made by stewing seafood and beef bone is a popular choice. Make your very own ochazuke by choosing the stock and the ingredients that come with it.
Seared extra-large harasu (fatty salmon belly) at ¥950. Extra-large harasu marinated in malted rice. Photo above shows whelk wasabi (¥250), salmon roe (¥300) toppings.
Everything is customizable
You can get 1 free side dish from the 14 choices. Add side dishes and toppings to flavor it to your liking!
Ochazuke is available in 9 flavors. Stock options include Japanese stock, white miso, spicy miso, and tea stock, while rice can be chosen between white rice and pearl barley. The 9 toppings, including cod roe (¥250) are available.
There are only counter seats here
It is open from the evening to the early hours of the morning in the central shopping district of Higashishinsaibashi.
HIYOTOKO is located at 1F Kyoya Bldg., 2-5-8 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka City. It is open from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. (the next day) daily except Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-6-6484-9999. It is a 10-minute walk from Shinsaibashi Subway Station.
Nishiki Obuya uses ingredients unique to a fresh seafood shop! One small twist to the seafood makes it perfect for the stock
Since Nishiki Obuya has been affiliated with a seafood shop running around 90 years in Kyoto, they have been making ochazuke with salted and dried seafood products such as seafood pickles, shiokara (salted squid entrails), and cod roe. With mild flavored stock made from bonito and rice that is a little harder than usual, you get all the good things from these simple ingredients.
7 kinds of seafood (¥980). With soft boiled egg and pickles.
The seafood is marinated in a special sauce instead of being served as sashimi, so each bite gives you a deep, distinct flavor you cannot taste anywhere else.
Unique ingredients only a seafood shop can offer
Their menu includes flavors and toppings such as salmon roe and cod roe that are best when paired with alcoholic drinks.
Ochazuke is available in 10 flavors, using Japanese stock and white rice. The 6 toppings, such as sea urchin and scallop (¥120), simmered asari clams in sweetened soy sauce (¥100), are available.
The interior has a bright, casual atmosphere. Counter seats only
Nishiki Obuya is located at 458-1 Jumonjicho, Yanaginobanbadori Nishiki agaru, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. It is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-75-255-0188. It is a 5-minute walk from both Hankyu Karasuma Station and Shijo Subway Station.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (17 February 2020)