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This time refer to "Oden".
Oden (おでん) is a Japanese winter dish consisting of several ingredients such as boiled eggs, daikon radish, konnyaku, and processed fish cakes stewed in a light, soy-flavoured dashi broth.
Ingredients vary according to region and between each household. Karashi (Japanese mustard) is often used as a condiment.
Taking up herewith YouTube Video regarding "How to make Oden" below.

How to Make Oden (Japanese Assorted Stew)

Oden was originally what is now commonly called misodengaku or simply dengaku; konnyaku or tofu was boiled and one ate them with miso. Later, instead of using miso, ingredients were cooked in dashi and oden became popular.

Unlike most one pot dishes, ingredients can be added at any time. Oden is often sold from food carts, and most Japanese convenience stores have simmering oden pots in winter. Many different kinds of oden are sold, with single-ingredient varieties as cheap as 50 yen.

And regarding "Regional variations" are as follows.
In Nagoya, it may be called Kantō-ni (関東煮) and soy sauce is used as a dipping sauce.

(Kanto-daki (関東煮 or 関東炊き))

In Kansai area they are sometimes called Kanto-daki (関東煮 or 関東炊き) and tend to be stronger flavoured than the lighter Kantō version.

Oden in Shizuoka use a dark coloured broth flavoured 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.

(Many kinds of Oden)

Udon restaurants in Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku almost always offer oden as a side dish, to be eaten with sweet miso while waiting for the udon.

In Taiwan, the dish is called Oren/Olen (輪) in the Taiwanese language. Besides the more traditional ingredients, olen also uses many local ingredients, such as pork meat balls and blood puddings. More recently, oden is offered in convenience stores and is known as Guandongzhu (Kuantung-chu; 関東煮) in Mandarin. When served with a sweet sauce, it is called tianbula (甜不辣).

(Public House selling Oden)

In Korea, Odeng(오 뎅) is a street food that's sold from small carts and is served with a spicy soup. It's very common on the streets of Korea and there are many restaurants that have it on their menu or specialize in it.

By J.S. on Sep 20, 2009



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