Monday, June 06, 2011


Do you know what bubuzuke (boo-boo-zoo-kay) is?

Well, it is what people from Kyoto call chazuke (tea with rice). I like the sound of saying it.

Most bubuzuke is served with pickles...lots of different pickles as well as savory items like grilled fish or mentaiko (chili pollock roe).

The other night we went to a restaurant, Sachifukuya, and had their bubuzuke + yakizakana (grilled fish) set...1575 yen (about US$15.75).

If you click on the top photo, you can see what we ate.

I chose salmon and it was grilled with a yuzu sauce...delicious, smokey with a hint of yuzu (citron)!

Satoshi chose the tara (cod) and it was grilled with a miso sauce.

The portions were just right and everything very good.

I found out afterwards that the company that owns the buffet we went to last weekend, owns this place too.

The food was wonderful here, I'm sure we'll be back.

On a side note, apparently if someone from Kyoto asks you if you would like some "bubuzuke" it means you've overstayed your welcome and are politely being asked to leave.

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OkiHwn said...

Interesting about how they ask you to leave.

Dennis K. said...

Mmm, miss the pickle department in the store basements! There are some here but the selection is tiny compared.

Unknown said...

I've never heard "bubuzuke" while in Kyoto. I guess that's a good thing! ;)

K and S said...

very interesting Nate :)

I guess they need to import the types that have longer shelf life Dennis.

good indeed Rick :)

Take care everyone!

KirkK said...

Bubuzuke..... now I'll have that word imprinted in my brain for at least a couple of days!

K and S said...

lol, thanks Kirk, hope you can forget about this word soon :)

Take care.

Rowena said...

When I saw the word it reminded me of zuzuvela...a japanese version of that crazy-loud instrument. Good thing bubuzuke relates to food (hmmmm...I will have to check if bubuzuke exists in Milan). And on a side note, I made the pork roll-ups with shiso and ume paste. ONO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

K and S said...

gosh, I remember those instruments Rowena, noisy!!

glad you enjoyed the roll-ups!

Take care.

p.s. if bubuzuke does not exist in Milan, just make your own w/some tea, rice and pickles :)

Japan Australia said...

I have never heard bubuzuke before. I know ochazuke (tea with rice). Is it just a Kyoto thing?

Japan Australia

Deb in Hawaii said...

I love that being asking if you want bubuzuke means you should leave--too funny. ;-)

K and S said...

yes J-A, bubuzuke is what people in Kyoto call chazuke.

even if you're hungry Deb in Hawaii, it means time to leave ;)

Take care you two.

jalna said...

YUMM! I would so order just what you did!

K said...

Yum, looks great! I love chazuke, it's so easy but so comforting.

K and S said...

Thanks Jalna, guess we sometimes think alike :)

so true K!

Take care you two.

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Kat, I really miss eating GOOD pickles. I am tired of supermarket brands! Looks delicious.

K and S said...

That is what another reader said too, Nami! Hope you get some delicious pickles soon!

Take care.

Muddybox said...

My first bubuzuke (in fact ochazuke as it was in Tokyo) had a hefty fillet of sashimi on top, which I blanched with my hot green tea as a cook-it-yourself exercise. Normally I fry leftover rice, but I admit pouring hot tea (ideally mugicha) over it is even easier as well as healthier.

K and S said...

Hot tea is definitely easier (and healthier) than fried rice, Muddybox :)

Take care.