Top Rice With Furikake—In Japanese, furikake
literally means “sprinkled on.” Furikake is a crunchy,
salty, and umami seasoning sensation that usually
contains flakes of nori seaweed, sesame seeds, dried
fish shavings, salt, and other spices. Furikake is
used as a condiment for vegetables and fish in
addition to rice.
Make Ochazuke – Ochazuke is a savory and soupy topping
for rice. Ocha means “tea” and -zuke means
“submerged.” True to its name in Japanese, ochazuke is
made by topping a bowl of rice with preferred
ingredients like salmon flakes and seaweed and pouring
green tea, broth, or hot water over the whole thing.
Cook Japanese Curry—Japanese curry rice, or kare
raisu, is another way to transform plain rice into a
completely different meal. Japanese curry is a much
milder version than Indian curry. It still contains
curry powder, chili pepper, and garlic, among other
ingredients, but think of it more as a thick, robust
gravy to go alongside rice.