Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hanatenshin (花点心) Ochazuke

Leslie gave this to me yesterday. She said it was from our mutual friend Kathy who brought it back from Japan. It's from a store called Kyoraku Tsuji ga Hana (京洛辻が花). 

Google Translate calls this Ochazuke Dim Sum (?).

As soon as I got home from work I opened up the package. So pretty, yah. Leslie had kinda explained to me what I was supposed to do.

I sprinkled the salmon on top of some rice and placed the flower over it. 

Instead of tea, I heated up some water only and poured a little over the flower.

After the flower softened a bit, I broke it open and added more hot water.

It was soooooo gooooood!!!  I found the website here, but it's in Japanese.

Thank you so much, Kathy!!

V, I know you gonna want to look for the store, so I think this is the address in Kyoto: Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Kawaramachi-dori Sanjo Shimo Le Daikokucho 53-1.  Looks like you can also find it at Seibu Ikebukuro, Daimaru Sapporo and Sogo Yokohama. 


Leslie's pics said...

sooooo good yah!! i scarfed mines down!!!

jalna said...

Sooooo OISHIII, Les!!

Anonymous said...

So cool! I want to look for that next time I go Japan! - L

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, thanks! I actually look for that or similar whenever I go, but having a definite location makes is much easier than trying to run into all the stores and hoping I'll find it! There are different companies that make different flavors, like kobu, ume, salmon, even balloon fish (yeech).
Cost almost $3 each, so kind of pricey. I think it's easier to find in autumn and winter because I remember trying to find it in May one year and no one had them, or at least all the stores I went to.
Thanks for the info! I'll be in Kyoto in October!

Honolulu Aunty said...

I love ochazuke. My favorite meal used to be ochazuke (I use the cheap stuff with the green/yellow/red striped packages) rice with ume on top, Portuguese sausage, and yatsume zuke from Ruger Market.

Comfort food, yeah?

Susan said...

I'm curious now! Lol, what it taste like? My brother couldn't find the mustard thing you said was really good from your trip. He had to order it but it didn't come on time so : ( Japan has the most interesting packaged foods!!

mmiissee said...

Wow...looks good!

jalna said...

Good to have a mission yah, L!

Oooooh, so lucky, V! I never did look for chazuke stuff when I was there. Next time!

Aunty, I like that striped package too.

Hard to describe, Susan. Hope you get to taste the mustard thing someday!

So good, Mmiissee!

Chet Colson said...

That's is so cool. The shiru must hit the stop on a nippy night. I'll put it on my bucket list to Hokkaido, I'll see if there's a Daimaru in Hakodate or Aomori.

K and S said...

I like this brand . In Osaka you can find it in the basement of Daimaru:)

jalna said...

Good luck with your search, Chet!! You're gonna like it.

Kat, it looks so good!!! And it's cheaper.

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!! I just looked up the one that Kat mentioned and used google translate. Way at the bottom, one of the ingredients is COW DUNG!!!!!! Hahahahaha I have to remember not to buy that flavor!

Seriously, that's one of the brands I look for too. I mean, since I can't read Japanese, I just have to go up and down the aisles of Japanese stores until I see the pouches. I think they are made of "fu". I get the chazuke and miso soup. I also love the oshiruko made with fu too.

Even though these items are very light, since they're delicate, it's hard to buy a lot to bring home since they'll crush. And since they are higher end omiyage, the stores will pack them in a gift box that's really bulky, plus they charge about 300 yen more for the box. I usually go to Daiso and buy plastic boxes (tupperware) and pack like that.


KitTKat said...

Glad you liked it Jalna! I did get it at Seibu in Ikebukuro. They also had soups like this where you only add water. It was a bit takai, but it was so unusual and Japanesey that I had to get it and have my select few friends try it too.

jalna said...

Hahahaha, V . . . I hope it's a "lost in translation" thing! I think you're just like me in that we like the challenge of finding things. I appreciate the chazuke omiyage even more now since you mentioned how humbug it is to bring home.

Kat, this one was expensive too! Thank you so much for sharing. I really enjoyed it. BTW, my son ate the other goodies, and he liked them too.

Erick said...

Wow, that is so cool. I wish they sold it on Amazon.