The possibilities are endless when it comes to chazuke (茶漬け, ちゃづけ) which is popularly served as a light meal or snack throughout Japan. Oolong tea, green tea, or dashi is poured over rice that is served with savory toppings. This time, we’re using roasted smoked salmon and toasted nori for this quick-fix at home dish; however, feel free to add or substitute with pickled plums (umeboshi), fish roe (tarako), grilled shrimp, grilled eel, shiitake mushrooms, or toasted sesame seeds.
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
1.5 oz roasted smoked salmon
1 cup cooked brown rice
2 tsp. oolong tea leaves
2 cups hot water
toasted nori/seaweed, shredded (amount according to preference)
1) Wash tea leaves by pouring enough hot water to just cover tea leaves in a tea pot and then drain. Pour remaining hot water into tea pot and allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes.
2) Place cooked brown rice in a bowl and top with roasted smoked salmon.
3) Carefully pour tea around the inside edge of the bowl to help topping keep its shape.
4) Sprinkle shredded nori and serve immediately.