Rice Dish ご飯もの

Cha-Han 炒飯

Cha-Han 炒飯

Cha - fry
Han - rice
Cha-Han, as well as cha and han are Chinese word.
Japanese call every kinds of fried rice cha-han.
As you can mix almost every ingredient, many houswives and housmen make cha-han with the rest.
As it is originally Chinese dish, it is recommended to use sesame oil with some fresh ginger.

Curry Rice

Curry Rice

In the past we did not call curry rice, but rice-curry!? Nowadays we find rice-curry only at the canteen or snack bar. What's the difference?
Anyway, Indian and Englishman should have brought curry to Japan, but the extraordinary popularity in Japan was gained after that some chef have changed the recept.

Ochazuke お茶漬け

Ochazuke お茶漬け

Ocha - green tea
tduke/zuke - soak
In fact you call every boiled rice poured with green tea ochazuke.
However usually ochazuke inclueds not only rice and tea, but also season vegetables, pickles, nori, and wasabi.
In good restaurant they use even specially prepared consommé instead of tea.
At home many people use powder ochazuke, so that you can pour either only hot water or green tea on the rice.

Onigiri おにぎり

Onigiri おにぎり

O-nigiri - Rice Ball
nigiri/nigiru - grasp/clasp
"O" is a prefix to express the respect. Respect and gratitude for the meal, God or farmers.
Onigiri may be one of the oldest Japanese sack lunch.
When you see a Japanese old film, there must be always some scenes eating onigiri.
However the precious white rice were rare, usually it was made with brown rice.

Plain Rice ごはん

Plain Rice ごはん

Is it a dish?
Yes, it is. You can easily see the level of the restaurant. Plain white rice is the most important part which the chef check at the every meal.