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|Place of origin||Japan|
|Main ingredients||Boiled eggs, daikon, konjac, fishcakes, soy-flavored dashi broth|
|Cookbook: Oden Media: Oden|
Oden (おでん?) is a Japanese winter dish consisting of several ingredients such as boiled eggs, daikon, konjac, and processed fishcakes stewed in a light, soy-flavored dashi broth. Ingredients vary according to region and between each household. Karashi is often used as a condiment.
Oden was originally what is now commonly called misodengaku or simply dengaku; konnyaku or tofu was boiled and eaten with miso. Later, instead of using miso, ingredients were cooked in dashi and oden became popular.
Oden is often sold from food carts, and most Japanese convenience stores have simmering oden pots in winter. In recent years, some started offering oden round the year. Many different kinds of oden are sold, with single-ingredient varieties as cheap as 100 yen. Izakaya serves oden as well.
Oden in Shizuoka uses a dark colored broth flavored with beef stock and dark soy sauce, and all ingredients are skewered. Dried and ground fish (sardine, mackerel, or katsuobushi) and aonori powder (edible seaweed) are sprinkled on top before eating.
In Taiwan, the dish was brought into the island during the Japanese Occupation of Taiwan, a term verbally similar oo-len (Taiwanese: 烏輪; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: o͘-lián) is therefore used to refer to the dish, translating into hēilún (黑輪) in Mandarin, a less common term used in the country. Tianbula (Chinese: 甜不辣; pinyin: tiánbùlà; literally: "sweet, not spicy") is a similar dish commonly sold at night markets. Despite using the same name as the Japanese tempura, Taiwanese tempura is more a variant of oden. Besides the more traditional ingredients, the Taiwanese oo-len also uses many local ingredients, such as pork meatballs and blood puddings. More recently, oden is offered in convenience stores where it is sold as guāndōngzhǔ (關東煮 from Kansai word 関東煮). In China, 7-11 markets oden as "haodun" (好炖) a word play on "good pot."
In South Korea, odeng (오뎅) is a street food that is sold from small carts and is served with a spicy soup. It is very common on the streets of South Korea and there are many restaurants that have it on the menu or specialize in it. The term odeng is originally borrowed from Japanese, during the colonial era: unlike in Japan, odeng refers to the fish cake, not the whole dish. It is sometimes referred by its more native name eomuk (어묵) instead.
- Most common ingredients
- Boiled eggs
- Sliced daikon
- Konnyaku or Ito konnyaku
- Tofu products: absorb dashi broth very well.
- Surimi products — in most cases, deep fried before simmering. Collectively called nerimono 練り物.
- Less common or regional
- Surimi products
- Mushrooms, for example Shiitake
- Kabocha: Japanese squash
- Cabbage roll
- Tsukune: fish or meat balls
- Chikuwabu, gluten tubes. Popular in the Kantō region, but virtually unknown elsewhere.
- Suji: beef tendons, mainly in Kansai
- Tofu: mainly in Kansai, usually seared
- Tebichi: pig's trotters, only in Okinawa
- 関西ではなぜおでんを「関東煮」と呼ぶのか？ [Why Oden is called "Kanto-daki" in Kansai?] (in Japanese). Nikkei Inc. February 2, 2013.
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