As winter approaches and the weather gets chilly, it is time to bring out the oden in Japan: this  rich broth is available from the end of August ’til March: as long as the temperature is low, may it be foggy or windy, you have the chance to warm up with a bowl (or maybe just a cup) of oden. It is sold literally everywhere: from street vendors to „combinis”(convenience stores) to proper restaurants. Why is it so popular? The reasons are many: the tasty soup can be boosted with various ingredients, you can get it anywhere plus it is cheap. Let’s see what makes a good bowl of oden!

Oden was the first „fast food” made in Japan: it became popular in the Edo-period, when they started selling it on the streets. Oden is a (winter) type of „nabemono”, one-course meal with a dashi (fish soup) base and loads of delicacues to be added…but what are these?

Vegetables (plants)

First of all, there is the daikon or Japanese winter radish, which is  a must-have if one orders oden: the boiled root soaks up the tasty broth and melts in the  mouth! Another popular ingredient is jelly made of konjac or konnyaku: this plant has a neutral taste but the jelly made from it is an interesting addition to the soup.

Meat and fish

Actually, more fish than meat; however, anytning goes with this dish! Fish-based ingredients are usually softer or more chewy fishcakes combined with vegetables or sometimes even meat (like satsuma-age) and chikuwa, a tube-shaped fish sponge made of fish and egg whites. Meat is also well-liked: chicken and beef dumplings are usually offered on skewers to dip into our oden.

Tofu

Don’t even think of trying oden without atsuage a.k.a. fried tofu! And for those who love surprises, kinchaku might be just the ticket: the outer tofu layer hides yummy-sticky mochi, which is a very interesting addition, too!

Pasta, egg and condiments

Chikuwabu is a wheat-based sort of tube that goes well with oden, so I think it counts as a peculiar kind of noodle…the Japanese also like to have eggs with their oden, and last but not least: let’s not forget about the sauces that accompany our soup! The most beloved condiment is karashi, the Japanese mustard, which is  a bit spicy and they also like yuzu kosho, a sauce made of yuzu fruit and chili to create a refreshingly piquant sauce.

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