I came across oden when I first walked into two of the biggest convenience stores in Japan, 7-Eleven and Lawson. I wasn’t very familiar with the dish, but it looked really yummy and I HAD to try it! I am a HUGE soup fan! I could drink soup for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner!
I tried oden at Lawson the second day I was in Japan. I also grabbed a natto roll and strawberry yogurt drink, to complete my meal for lunch.
The dashi, or broth, was amazingly delicious! It was the perfect comfort food. I added the following ingredients to my soup: daikon (radish), shirataki (aka konnyaku (Japanese potato noodles)), boiled eggs, and assorted fishcakes. I loved the daikon, konnyaku, and boiled egg. I didn’t care so much for the fishcakes. The natto roll was the BEST I’ve ever eaten!! I usually put shoyu, but this roll didn’t need any at all. The yogurt drink was refreshing to drink. Yum!
I had to have oden again before leaving Japan. I decided to try the one at 7-Eleven on our last night.
This time, my oden was very simple. Just two ingredients: daikon and shirataki (aka konnyaku). Yum! The dashi was delicious once again!
Here’s an interesting article about oden: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/09/05/a-diners-guide-to-oden-japans-weird-looking-super-popular-winter-dish/
If you love soup, try the oden when you visit Japan. It’ll make you feel warm and happy! Also, check out these three famous convenience stores while you’re there. They’re all over the place. You can’t miss it!
FamilyMart: http://www.fu-hd.com/english/ir/; http://www.family.co.jp/
These stores are DA BOMB!!!! Their food does NOT disappoint!
Enjoy the rest of the week!