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If you've been following along for a little while now, you've probably seen some of my anime recipes on here. One of my favorite shows is Osomatsu-san, and one of the characters runs his own oden stand. My friend Liz introduced me to the show and challenged me to make some oden that Chibita, the oden vendor, would be proud of.
Oden is a Japanese seafood stew. It's a hot pot style dish that is pretty customizable at oden stalls and was super delicious. We ended up making a run to our local Asian market to grab some of these ingredients, but I'll share some things you can also find on Amazon in case your local Asian market doesn't have those or if you need to make it yourself.
I've also made imoni that was featured in Osomatsu-san, so if you want a non-seafood stew, check that out!
What's in oden
Oden typically contains the following ingredients:
Make your own aburaage
If you can't find the tofu pouches anywhere, then you can do the following to make your own aburaage:
My favorite oden recipes
To help me make the oden with the ingredients I did have, I turned to multiple YouTube videos from cooking bloggers to make sure I was doing this right. Even though I couldn't get my hands on konnyaku anywhere, this was still delicious without it thanks to their help and guidance!
But here are some great videos you can watch for inspiration as you build your own oden dish. These are from Just One Cookbook, Kimono Mom, and ochikeron.
Jessica is a huge Disney, anime, and Star Wars nerd who channeled that love into motivation to lose 75 lbs.