ODEN is one of the most popular dish in winter Japan.

Many different foods are simmered together in a large pot with a soup seasoned with soy sauce and Katsuo & Konbu dashi. The assortment of ingredients and style of the Oden soup vary depending on the region and the family making it. Hot mustard goes really well with Oden.Oden1


<Oden soup>

<Ingredients of oden>

  • DAIKON(=Japanese radish)
  • KONNYAKU(=Konjac)
  • TUMIRE(=Dumpling made of fish paste)
  • GANMODOKI(=Deep-fried mashed tofu mixed with carrot, lotus root, and burdock root)
  • ATSUAGE(=Deep-fried Tofu)
  • CHIKUWA(=Tube-shaped fish cake)
  • HANPEN(=A solidified paste made with minced fish, yam and starch)
  • SATSUMA-AGE(a Deep fried ball of fish paste)
  • ITO-KONJAC(=noodle type of Konjac)
  • Others etc..


  1. Prepare Daikon. Peal tickly sliced(2 or 3cm) radish and cut off the corners.
  2. Make shallow X hidden cuts and boil Daikon from water for 20-30minutes. After boiling, soak in water.Daikon
  3. Prepare Konjac. After making shallow hidden cuts, put into boiling water.  When it boliled again, drain in a strainer after 2 or 3minumes. Don’t soak in water.
  4. Prepare ATSUAGE & GANMODOKI. Put them in a strainer, and pour hot water to removing oil. (Or Boile them 2-3minutes and drain in a strainer.)
  5. Making ODEN soup. Add Soy sause and Mirin into KATSUO & KONBU DASHI. (You can add salt or sake a littel, if you need.) Prepare you feel too much. ODEN needs a lot of soup.
  6. Heat ODEN soup using large pot (DONABE=Japanese clay pot is better), put DAIKON and EGG, KONJAC at first. Simmer on law heat for 40minutes, never boiling. If the soup reduced, add dashi or water.Oden at first
  7. Put ATSUAGE & GANMODOKI and simmer seeral minutes. Stop heating and let it cool more than 1 hour to absorb the flaver.
  8. At last, heat again and put in CHIKUWA, HANPEN, SATSUMA-AGE(These called NERIMONO, made from fish paste), and TSUMIRE. Oden2
  9. Simmer on the law heat for 15-20minutes, it’s ready to serve.

Oden is cooked at home and is also eaten when drinking alcohol at Oden bars. In the winter, some convenience stores also sell, typically at the counter next to the cashier. At Oden bars and convenience sores, you can choose what you would like to eat from a large pot of simmering ingredients.


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