- Ochazuke, which is rice with green tea poured over top (usually with savory seasonings, as well) to make a kind of thick rice soup. It sounds not so good, but after reading enough people's plaudits, I decided to give it a try, and it makes a very tasty soothing snack, perfect, as one site says, for late evening. The seasoning I've been using is a pretty basic sprinkle with wakame and little rice crackers. But there are many more elaborate packaged ochazuke mixes, many of which include powdered tea, so that you only need to add rice and boiling water. There's even (of course) a Hello Kitty ochazuke mix, with little kitty-face nori. I wanted to link to a picture for you, but I guess the site where I saw it has sold out, because it doesn't seem to be there anymore. OH WELL. Trust me when I tell you that it was remarkable.
*There was a nice article about quark in last week's New York Times food section, but it's no longer publicly available. I'm very frustrated with how rapidly the Times moves its articles to the pay-only archives these days. This is churlish of me, I suppose, but arrgh!