Genmai(Roasted Rice) Tea Fried Rice

Happy National Everything You Do Is Right Day! Yes, if you remember yesterday’s post, today is the right thing’s turn!

Have you heard about “no waste cooking” or “zero waste cooking”? Ever since “sustainability” became a trend in a lot of industries, of course food industries joined that too. A few examples of zero waste cooking are below. 

1. Reduce the amount of food you’re cooking to avoid making excessive leftovers.

I understand the worry you have when you’re cooking whether you’re making enough food for everyone, especially for special occasions. But think about it. On these special days, people drink more, talk more, laugh more, so food tends to be untouched because everyone gets full for talking and inhaling more air(yes I’m serious, breathing too much for laughing and talking takes more energy so they makes tired, meaning let us feel full.) So you can reduce the amount of  food you make. 


The same thing could be said when you’re going grocery shopping. Do you really need that much food? Especially that many bananas? I bet you will end up finding them overripe and making some banana bread! It’s yum but if it’s still too much for you, it is a yellow flag to be in a compost bin, which is what you really need to avoid. So plan ahead with weekly ad, and make a list before going to the store. 

2. Take your time to choose what you’re buying.

ALWAYS check the label, especially expiration date. Yes, fancy packaging lures you to take them home immediately after the first sight, but you don’t want to eat expired food that may cause you food poisoning, so do check the information on the packagings before you toss them in your basket. 


Also it is related to 1, but have some debate with yourself about whether you can use up the food that is sold in bulk before the expiration date. Buying enough, small portions of food doesn’t make leftovers of food itself, but sometimes single serving food use extra packaging with plastics. So knowing how much food for what food is needed is a key for success. 

3. Recycle as much as possible.

Got any vegetable peels or scraps? Make some homemade vegetable broth with them to reduce the compost. Got some leftovers which isn’t enough for 2 people but 1 person? Be a wizard in the kitchen to recycle the leftover food to make a new food! 


Everything listed here isn’t that difficult. We just need to think more, act more. And I’m not just saying this for you guys only but I’m doing it too! I like to cook with leftovers. It transforms to another yummy food with a full homemade twist, and sometimes it’s much better flavor in my preference. 


So today, I’d like to share a food that is so versatile, yummy, and zero-waste, and this time the key ingredient I’m using is after brewed leftover tea leaves! Tea leaves are always tiny when they’re dry, but after brewing I’m surprised it swollen up twice as big. Even after I brewed tea with them, they still smell good with a roasted, smoky flavor, so I thought what if I made some fried rice with them. For fried rice, the ingredients are always flexible depending on who is the cook, and they’re usually cooked with leftover rice, so it’s perfect to celebrate National Everything You Do Is Right Day!


Ready to check how I made it? Let’s cook!


<Today’s Recipe>

Genmai(Roasted Rice) Tea Fried Rice

genmai tea fried rice


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  • 2 bowls of cooked rice (or simply use leftover rice! That’s what I’m looking for here!)
  • ½ onion – chopped
  • 1 medium carrot – chopped
  • 3 tablespoons after brewed genmai (roasted rice tea) leaves
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil



  1. Pour olive oil in a pan and cook carrots and onions.
  2. Add rice and tea leaves. Toss well.
  3. Pour soy sauce to taste.
  4. Transfer the fried rice to a plate and enjoy!


<Cooking Tips>

Squeeze out excessive liquid from tea leaves before adding to rice. If the tea leaves is too moisturized, the whole fried rice gets dull! 

genmai tea fried rice

Mmm, I still feel the aromatic tea flavor with smoky, savory roasted rice! Even after you use tea leaves to brew your relaxing tea, they still got the delicate comforting taste, so they act as a great ingredients to make your yummy fried rice!


Do you doubt what I’m saying? Just give it a try. This might open up the door to the next culinary journey!

Happy Everything You Do Is Right Day! May this take us to beautiful future of our precious planet with zero-waste cooking:)


<Other Leftover Makeover Recipes>

Got leftover curry? Summer Veggie Curry Rice Casserole

curry casserole whole

Got leftover baguette? Nutty White Chocolate Rusk

nutty white chocolate rusk

Enjoy your veg as much as possible! Watermelon Tsukudani (Simmered Watermelon Skin)

watermelon tsukudani

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)


8 Comments Add yours

  1. johnrieber says:

    This look delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you John!


  2. I have to admit that I had never heard of genmaicha, but after reading a little more about it, I definitely want to try it.
    Wasting food is something I abhor, so my husband and I pay close attention to what we buy and how much food we prepare. But we also like leftovers as we simply don’t feel like cooking something new every day.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      You’re absolutely right! Actually there are so many food that taste better on leftovers…in my opinion curry or any soups are the perfect example😋

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Livia says:

    Wow, I really have to look for the genmaicha tea leaves. Your recipe looks and sounds so delicious! 😋👍
    We’re also trying not to waste any food and I’m very happy to read that you have the same philosophy 👍
    Nowadays, with food shortages and famine in some countries, I think, everybody who is lucky enough to have enough food, should try not to waste anything.
    For example, when we eat chicken in our meals, we usually buy the meat with the bones still inside from a local street vendor. After having deboned the meat, I cook the bones with the remaining cartilage, tendons and grease in water, until it is almost like a soup, but without any seasonings. I then remove the bones that could shiver and add the rest to leftover rice from our meals.
    The next morning, we bring this chicken flavored rice to the beach where we feed it to the stray dogs that live there. There’s a pack of about 7 stray dogs that already wait for us to come every morning. They love the food we prepare for them, and from how healthy they look and are, it seems to be even better than the store bought dog food. 😊
    So even parts of food that we don’t cook for ourselves, still have a purpose. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Wow Livia, what you’re doing is absolutely amazing! The dogs must thank you to prepare and bring the food you cook. It’s not just leftovers but transformed to yummy food with your love added👍💕✨
      Happy Everything You Do is Right Day, what you’re doing is amazing😁👏👏👏

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Livia says:

        Thank you for your kind reply, dear Tanooki, and have a great weekend! 🙏🤩

        Liked by 1 person

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