The inspiration for this dish comes from a similar Japanese dish called hitsumabushi. Unlike the inspiration, my dish does not call for eel (though if you’re a fan – go for it!). Essentially a rice dish layered with unagi (eel) eaten by many connoisseurs in the following order: 1. As is, 2. Topped with chives, wasabi, + nori 3. Topped with chives, wasabi, + nori, then soaked with tea. The last stage is quite simply the best. If you’ve never had rice soaked in tea, you must try it.
The beauty of this dish I’ve created is the lightness. I sometimes eat dinner past 9:00 so my body is naturally craving something that won’t weigh me down. This dish taps that bar and so many others – easy to prepare, healthy, fills you up, comforting, warming, etc. etc. I do encourage you to go for de-caffeinated tea if you’re eating it late at night. Unless you’re immune to caffeine… :). —wgfoodie