Sokuseki Gohan / O-kayu

Instant Cooked Rice / Rice Porridge

Gohan (rice) is at the heart of Japanese life and freshly-cooked white rice is the most comforting of foods. But even so, ready-to-eat rice has become quite popular, especially among young people. The most popular form of ready-cooked rice can be stored at room temperature, and is pre-cooked and pre-packaged for microwave heating. Simple o-kayu rice porridge and the risotto-like zosui are available in sachet form, ready to eat after being boiled in the bag for a few minutes.