Oden – Japanese winter food

Oden is one of common Japanese winter foods consisting of several ingredients stewed in a light, soy-flavoured dashi soup.

Ingredients vary according to region and between each household.

This is how you will find oden in the convenience store. How appetising does it look?

Oden, Japanese winter food

 

When you walk into a convenience store in winter, you are hit with the smell of oden.

It is warm and comforting for some, and to others it is the smell of culture shock.

Here are some of the most common ingredients. You can find these and many more at your local 7 – 11 (convenience store).

 

daikon – radish                                               tamago – egg                                     hanpen – light fish cake

                                   tamago in Oden, Japanese winter food                             hanpen in Oden, Japanese winter food

 

tsumire – sardine cake                            ganmo – fried light tofu ball                 kinchaku – rice cake in tofu pouch

iwashi-tsumire in Oden, Japanese winter food                                   ganmo in Oden, Japanese winter food                              kinchaku in Oden, Japanese winter food

 

chikuwa – grilled fish cake                         konbu maki – rolled kelp                         konnyaku – devils tongue

yaki-chikuwa in Oden, Japanese winter food                                  konbu-maki in Oden, Japanese winter food                               konnyaku in Oden, Japanese winter food

 

atsuage – fried tofu                         shirataki – tied devils tongue noodles               gobo maki – burdock root

atsuage in Oden, Japanese winter food                                shirataki in Oden, Japanese winter food                               gobo-maki in Oden, Japanese winter food

 

gyusuji – beef tendons                                    tako – octopus                                 satsumaage – fried fish cake

gyusuji-kushi in Oden, Japanese winter food                               tako-kushi in Oden, Japanese winter food                               satsumaage in Oden, Japanese winter food

 

At the convenience store choose what you want.

I recommend you try the radish, egg, and ganmo. Karashi (hot mustard) will enhance your oden experience.


 
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Oden & Sake / Shochu….. They are the reason I like winter.

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2 Responses to “Oden – Japanese winter food”

  1. Marie says:

    Oden….. Comfort food!

  2. LIVEJAPAN says:

    yes! it helps get through the winter.

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