Friday, 2 September 2011

Oden. What's That?

Oden is kinda a Japanese hot pot dish, consisting of a number of ingredients simmered light, soy sauce based soup.
A sign at a shop selling oden  in Asakusa. We went in out of curiosity and was greeted by a gruff lady-owner who told us she doesn't sell rice at the shop (or something similar to that nature. I told you my Japanese is rather bad, right?)
Stuff simmering in a vat. Care to try some? Popular ingredients include boiled eggs, daikon, konnyaku, tsukune, assortment of fried tofu, surimi and of course many other stuff. Think steamboat or yong tau fu but with the stuff already simmering for ages instead of dipped in hot water shortly before eating.
A plate of oden we enjoyed at Mizu restaurant, here in Kuala Lumpur. Eating oden in KL is not exactly cheap. We are eating high-brow oden here in KL, while you can enjoy oden as street food and also it can be be bought at konbini (convenience stores) in Japan.
An oden portable cooker sold in a shop in Kappabashi. Also not exactly cheap at 10,000yen a pop! That's almost RM400! @.@
So instead of buying that oden cooker thingy when we wanted to eat oden at home, I just throw the stuff in a normal pot.
And these folks, my homemade oden.
 with the soup base from this packet of soup mix. Can be found easily at supermarkets, if they have stock that is. Jusco Mid Valley Japanese food items shelves are strangely empty nowadays. :(


  1. Oden is a popular winter dish in Japan that can be found all over the place. It is usually sold in the streets by street vendors and can also be found in convenience stores :)

    Japan Australia

  2. Wether Daikon is good taste or not is very important thing. Odenya or Oden reatraunt is good or not is determined by the taste of Daikon. The daikon is delicious, other kind of oden would be delicious.

    Is it bad influence that there are no Oden goods at Jusco?

  3. Must try oden on my next trip to Japan

  4. It's almost oden time again ...

  5. Love the Japanese lantern. Not quite adventurous on these kind of food as dunno head or tail on cooking.

  6. @Japan Australia,
    I think for someone wanting to try and have a taste yet not sure to be too adventurous, going to the nearest Family Mart would be the best bet. xD

    Eating oden at that small shop wasnt exactly what I call cheap. o.O

  7. @minor,
    I noticed that the daikons we tasted in Japan and those we ate elsewhere really have different taste.

    What makes a daikon more delicious? Soil? Weather? Region?

    I dont think its bad influence. Its just that nowadays, Japanese items at Japanese supermarkets here are not stocked well. Im not sure why but its been quite bad since after the earthquake. I cant get stock of instant miso and furikake too! :(

  8. @Lisa,
    You should. :)

    We actually thought of going to Otafuku in Asakusa for the experience but as luck would have it, the two times we got there, it was either already closed or closing. Oh well...

  9. @sixmats,
    Will you be having some soon? :)

  10. @Bananazஇ,
    Im even worse. Anyting want to eat, have to ask a thousand question!

    But I find that when I set my mind that Im going to like that food, I do and will like it. Mind over matter. LOL

    But aiya! No need to know everything about cooking to enjoy eating right? Just wallop anything that can be eaten! Just dont give me chicken wing. That I dont eat at all! Kakaka

  11. I love oden during the winter.You can also buy it even at convenient stores but I like cooking it as you do. :)

  12. @cocomino,
    It is expensive to eat oden here so I have no choice but to cook it when we want to eat oden. ^^

  13. Ohhhh... I wish to give this a try too, the oden looks like enticing version of steamboat.

  14. @Alice,
    It is kinda like steamboat. You should try it if you have the chance. :)

  15. We enjoy the oden during the cold season... am looking forward to it...

  16. @Lrong,
    Cold season coming soon, yes? :)

  17. it looks like steamboat but a lot depends on the soup base for the taste, after all it is a boiled thingy. But u r clever to produce yr own oden

  18. Especially, in winter (about Nov to Feb). Oden and sake make me happy. :)

  19. @Bengbeng,
    Yup, just like steamboat, if the soup is nice, the food will be nice. Though just like Minor mentioned in earlier comment - daikon play a role in making the soup nicer too.

  20. @birdmini,
    Happy time will come in a few months time. ^^

    How is work going now? Still very busy?

  21. Oden! Oden! That's my mom favorite dish!! I like that too! The soup is sweet! ^0^

  22. @ristnw,
    Cool! Yeah, it is a tad sweet but I suppose it's coming from the daikon and other sweet stuff simmered in the soup? It's great though, right? :)

  23. Well, did your version taste like what you got at the restaurant? I wonder if the dish is made in the Japanese restaurants in the U.S. I will have to look for it the next time I'm in one.

  24. @AVCr8teur,
    Of course not! LOL Almost though. ;)

    Even the ones I had in Malaysia didn't taste like the one in Japan.

  25. Some (I probably mean many) people go nuts for oden. I guess it's hot, hearty & healthy.

    I think I've just talked myself into trying some.

  26. @Dan,
    Or maybe I can coax you into trying if you yet to try it when I get there! LOL!


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