When the weather is getting cooler around November, one typical Japanese winter food is popping up in convenience stores around the country again. Usually located near the cashier, there is a metal box with hot soup and different kinds of food marinating in there. It is oden, many kids’ and adults’ favorite snack or meal in wintertime.
The broth is made of dashi and soy sauce, and the main ingredients are very varied, for example, eggs, daikon radish, fish cake, konjac and tofu. It’s a very comforting dish, and besides buying it as a quick snack in the convenience store or street stalls or sitting down to eat it in a restaurant, it is also often made at home to enjoy with the family.
If you want to eat something new that you can likely not find in your home country while you are in Japan, give oden a try! It is not only delicious but healthy and low-calorie as well.