- Main lore areas
Maniwa City, Hiruzen area
- Main ingredients used
Glutinous rice, chicken meat, chestnuts, burdocks, carrots, konnyaku, azuki beans
- History/origin/related events
Hiruzen Okowa is a type of rice with many ingredients, generally called Gomoku Okowa. It is a local delicacy representative of Hiruzen, and always appears at festivals and celebrations. It is characterized by the sumptuous contents of chicken, chestnuts, burdocks, carrots, konnyaku, azuki beans, and seasonal wild vegetables from the Hiruzen area. It is said that the origin of Hiruzen Okowa is a local dish called "Oyama Okowa," which is said to have been created when the ingredients for chirashi sushi were accidentally added when cooking sekihan (red rice). The history of Hiruzen Okowa dates back to the 1950s, when there were calls for making Gomoku Okowa using local ingredients, and the ingredients and cooking methods were developed in an ingenious way. Around 1972, when the "Let's eat barley rice" campaign was implemented to improve staple foods, the Nutrition Improvement Council of Yatsuka Village added barley to white rice and found that it was well received and caused little stomach upset.
- Opportunities and times of eating habits
Okowa is made and eaten at "shiromite" events after rice planting, festivals, and celebrations.
- How to eat
Heat oil in a pot, add chicken, dried shiitake mushrooms, fried tofu, water and mirin. Add sugar, soy sauce, and salt, simmer, and separate the broth and ingredients. Steam glutinous rice, barley and ingredients, beat boiled water instead of beating water, serve in a bowl and sprinkle with string beans.
- Efforts for Preservation and Succession
In addition to being made at home for festivals and celebrations, it also plays a role in the revitalization of the town and is sometimes served at events held in Hiruzen. It is also served at local restaurants.