Cha-gayu (rice gruel cooked in tea) is also known for its history and taste. We know that it has been a delicacy for over 1200 years since we know that it was on the menu for Shuni-e (water-drawing) ceremony at Todaiji Temple (Nigatsudo). Cooking rice gruel in tea - as simple it may sound today was difficult in the days when rice gruel was cooked with millet, barnyard grass, potatoes and other vegetables. Back then, the rice gruel was a way to eat cold rice, so cha-gayu was considered a luxury meal. This reflects the rich culinary lives of the people of ancient capital. Its refined taste is very particular in that its taste must be a dry, with not too much stickiness to its texture.
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