Unagi Chazuke (鰻茶漬け) is one of my husband’s favorite dishes. Before we were married, the only unagi dish he knew was Unagi Don (Unadon/Broiled Eel over Rice). After I served the Unagi Chazuke to him the first time, he loved it so much that he only requests this dish whenever we have unagi.
Unagi Chazuke is a very popular dish from Kyoto. Grilled/broiled eel is placed on top of the steamed rice and hot broth is poured over. While you grill the unagi, you make the broth. You can use either dashi broth or tea as broth, but here I make the broth with both dashi and konbucha (kombu tea). The saltiness from konbucha makes very delicious soup.
We had many Western style meals over the holidays, so it was nice to have a Japanese dish again. If you like Unadon, I hope you give this different unagi dish a try next time!
Editor’s Note: Pictures updated in July 2012