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Place of originJapan
Created byTamahide
Main ingredientsChicken, egg, and sliced scallion
Ingredients generally usedSoy sauce and stock

Oyakodon (親子丼), literally "parent-and-child donburi", is a donburi, or Japanese rice bowl dish, in which chicken, egg, sliced scallion (or sometimes regular onions), and other ingredients are all simmered together in a kind of soup that is made with soy sauce and stock, and then served on top of a large bowl of rice. The name of the dish is a poetic reflection of both chicken and egg being used in the dish.[1]


The origins of the dish are unknown. The earliest written mention of the terms "oyako" and "don" in combination is in a newspaper advertisement for a restaurant in Kobe in 1884. The advertisement mentions dishes named oyakojōdon, oyakonamidon and oyakochūdon, possibly referring to different sizes.[2]


Several other Japanese dishes pun on the parent-and-child theme of oyakodon. Tanindon (他人丼), literally "stranger bowl",[3] is otherwise identical but replaces the chicken with beef or pork. A dish of salmon and salmon roe served raw over rice is known as sake oyakodon (鮭親子丼) (salmon parent-child donburi).

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  1. ^ "親子丼(オヤコドンブリ)とは - Definition of "Oyakodon" (In Japanese)".
  2. ^ "明治36年(1903)、第五回内国勧業博覧会開催時に、親子丼が販売提供されていたか知りたい。 (in Japanese)". Collaborative Reference Database. 8 March 2011.
  3. ^ "関西の他人丼を知っていますか?地方の丼紹介!". TRENDRIPPLE(とれんどりっぷる) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2015-12-06.
    Pamela Goyan Kittler; Kathryn P. Sucher; Marcia Nelms (22 August 2011). Food and Culture. Cengage Learning. p. 327. ISBN 1-285-22561-9.
  • Tsuji, Shizuo (1980). Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art. New York: Kodansha International/USA. ISBN 0-87011-399-2.

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