Tuesday, January 12, 2010


It’s cold right now, but the winter has just started... And everybody is eating "nabe" –a Japanese style pot where many people eat by surrounding it and sharing the food. Everybody knows nabe and it is a typical Japanese food so here I am to introduce another Japanese winter food which will warm you from inside out! Oden! You might see them being sold at many convenient stores but it doesn’t have to be store-made, you could make it at your house on your own!

~ Oden Recipe ~

1. Find your favorite food to put in!
• Potato
• Boiled eggs
• Konbu (Seaweed)
• Daikon (Japanese radish)
• Konnyaku (yam cake)
• Fried tofu
• Any kinds of fish-paste cakes such as; chikuwa, hanpen etc.

2. Make the stock for the pot. (About 4 servings)

1. Boil 5 cups of water in a large pot.
2. Add 1 tsp of soup seasoning (chicken or fish based)
- It may be easy if you can find oden seasoning at stores.
3. Add 2 tbsps of sake.
4. Add 2-3 tbsps of soy sauce
5. Add 1tsp of sugar.

3. Cut the ingredients into bite-sized pieces (except for the boiled eggs) and add the soup stock along with the peeled boiled eggs.

4. Simmer for a couple hours. Add water and soy sauce as needed.*The longer you cook oden, the better the taste.

Oden is served with Japanese hot mustard (karashi). Be careful not to use too much karashi mustard since it is very hot. Enjoy!

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