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Teaism-Ochazuke

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ome of the biggest pleasures in life are made of a few, simple ingredients.  Bread and cheese.  Pizza and beer. Kellan Lutz and a loincloth.

Ochazuke, which means “submerged in tea” in Japanese, is just such a pleasure.  Yet this simple Japanese snack is just a way to use up leftover rice by slapping hot tea over it.  If you want something more substantial, you’d add fish, pickled vegetables, seaweed, bonito flakes, and maybe some sesame seeds.

Here in Washington, everyone’s favorite tea shop Teaism sells 15,000 of these babies a year, made with brown rice and your choice of salmon, shrimp or pickled plum ($8.50-$9.25, pictured above).

Teaism tops the ochazuke with crunchy carrots, fresh radicchio and a crisp, homemade seaweed-sesame seed-rice topping with no MSG.  It’s a super healthy meal any time of the day.  Add the scoop of wasabi if you don’t want to feel your face.

This contemplative soup lets you pour in the tea yourself, with enough left to sip thoughtfully.  See the Dupont Circle location’s complete menu here.


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400 8th St NW2009 R St NW800 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004Washington, DC 20009Washington, DC 20006
202.638.6010202.667.3827202.835.2233

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Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.

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