Posted July 15th, 2010 in Food 6 Comments »

As you may know, Oden is a typical winter food in Japan. ( wiki )  It is a kind of light, soy-flavoured dashi broth stew, consisting of several ingredients such as daikon radish, konnyaku, boiled eggs, fish cakes etc.  It’s basically stew with a mixture of whatever you want to add.  

I loooove Oden, I can just survive with this every day during winter.  It’s also nice to be eaten with warm sake/sho-chu.  

It’s so funny to know that foreign people really hate Oden.  They say that it smells like washed socks….  I don’t think so!  But, I guess Oden is a type of alien food for them. :p

When you order oden at convenience stores or Izakaya, you normally order the item one by one according to what you want to eat.  You can just order “tamago (boiled egg)” or “daikon (radish)”.  But, when you make oden at home, you add as many kinds of ingredients as possible so that the flavor is full.  Each ingredient gives the flavor to oden 🙂

Eating oden in kotatsu while watching tv… I miss it!



6 Comments on “Oden”

  1. 1 Kathy said at 7:24 am on July 16th, 2010:

    I think the smell of oden is not very appetizing. Walking into a konbini during winter and smelling a very strong oden smell took me a while to get used to.

    The taste is great though! My favourite item is egg…no wait, daikon…no wait, chikuwa…I can’t choose they are all yummy 🙂

  2. 2 Kaleidoscop3 said at 10:29 am on July 16th, 2010:

    Oh, i love oden! 🙂 I like the konyakku and the fishcakes and the tofu. i agree. it’s the best winter dish!

  3. 3 umepontarou said at 10:50 am on July 16th, 2010:

    Hi Kathy,

    I know what you mean! Every time I want to buy oden from the shop, I always think “… which items should I pick..” for at least 20 minutes.
    But, I always order egg, daikon, konnyaku and chikuwa! They are the best!
    But, other stuff also tempt me…

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 10:52 am on July 16th, 2010:


    Ummm…. tofu is also great! 😀
    I can eat oden everyday…
    It may make the house stinky though… (><) I don't know if everyone could bear the smell.

  5. 5 Kaleidoscop3 said at 11:53 am on July 19th, 2010:

    Do you know what makes it strong smelling?

  6. 6 umepontarou said at 9:42 pm on July 19th, 2010:


    I guess the fishcakes are the big reason… :p

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