Hey there folks, have you tried this amazing Japanese winter dish called “Oden”? If not, you’re missing out on some serious yumminess! And if you have, then I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s simply delicious. I mean, what’s not to love? A warm and hearty soup filled with all sorts of goodies. So let’s dive right in and make ourselves some lip-smacking Oden!
First things first – let’s get our ingredients ready!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Daikon (radish)
- Konnyaku (devil’s tongue jelly)
- Boiled eggs
- Kamaboko (fish cake)
- Chikuwa (tube-shaped fish cake)
- Atsuage (deep-fried tofu)
- Kombu (dried kelp)
- Dashi broth (Japanese soup stock)
- Soy sauce
- Mirin (sweet rice wine)
Now let’s get cookin’!
Step 1: Peel and cut the daikon into thick rounds.
Step 2: Cut the konnyaku into bite-sized pieces.
Step 3: Cut the boiled eggs in half and take out the yolks. Smash the yolks in a bowl and mix with a little bit of soy sauce to make a paste.
Step 4: Cut the kamaboko and chikuwa into slices.
Step 5: Cut the atsuage into bite-sized pieces and lightly fry them in a pan. This will help to remove excess oil.
Step 6: Soak the kombu in water for about 30 minutes to make the dashi broth. Put the water and kombu in a pot and heat over low heat. Remove the kombu just before the water starts boiling.
Step 7: Add the konnyaku, daikon, kamaboko, chikuwa, and atsuage to the pot with the dashi broth. Simmer over medium heat for around 30 minutes.
Time to add some flavor!
Step 8: Add the soy sauce, mirin, and sake into the pot. Stir gently.
And now, the finishing touch…
Step 9: Add the egg yolk paste on top of the Oden. This will give it a nice creamy texture.
And there you have it, a delicious pot of Oden that’s sure to warm your heart and your belly. Enjoy!
Oh wait, here’s a bonus recipe for some extra yum!
If you’re a fan of spice, try this little twist:
Spicy Oden Recipe
- 1 pack of Oden ingredients
- 1 tablespoon of chili bean paste
- 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of sake
- 1 tablespoon of mirin
- 1 cup of water
Step 1: Follow the steps above to prepare the Oden ingredients.
Step 2: In a separate pan, stir-fry the chili bean paste, sesame oil, soy sauce, sake, and mirin for about 2 minutes.
Step 3: Add the water to the pan and bring it to a boil. Add the Oden ingredients and let everything simmer for about 30 minutes.
Step 4: Serve hot and enjoy the spicy goodness!
Now, wasn’t that simple? So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself some Oden ingredients and get cookin’! Trust me, your taste buds will thank you. Until next time, bon appétit!