A Japanese national food,
playing an important part in the hot pot tradition
Hot pots are representative of Japanese winter. People can pick from a variety of simmering ingredients such as vegetables, fish, meat, and tofu, all in one pot. With well-balanced nutrition and an unlimited combination of ingredients, there are regional hot pot variations which are a comfort food for many people.
Oden is one variety of hot pot. Various ingredients such as daikon radish, eggs, and konjac are simmered in broth. Oden is a popular dish throughout Japan, and is even sold in convenience stores during the fall and winter seasons. It is a beloved national cuisine. Depending on the region or family, different recipes are enjoyed, such as making broth with dark soy sauce or pouring ginger sauce on ingredients. Oden is fascinating because of its diversity in both cooking and eating customs.
Surimi products that add umami and richness to the broth
Surimi (fish meat made into a paste) is turned into a variety of fishcake products that are essential to oden. Simmering surimi makes the broth taste richer and adds a depth of flavor. Shimane Prefecture, which faces the Sea of Japan, is abundant with fishing grounds, so each region features a variety of unique local surimi products in their oden.
The surimi products from Izumo-no-kuni Taisha Syokuhin Co., Ltd. stand out for their pleasant texture and delicate flavors. Cod and red snapper is used as the base meat, and seasonal local fish such as flying fish and deep-sea porgy are also added. These surimi products taste great as is, but their flavor becomes even richer when used in oden. Each product can take center stage in your dish: “chikuwa” which is made from flying fish and grilled to a golden color; “tofu-age” which is tofu blended into fish surimi and deep fried; and “gobo-ten” which has a pleasant crispiness. Please savor and enjoy their different textures and flavors.
Food and drink that pairs well with oden
- “IWAMIGINZAN” Tokubetsu Junmai
- The rice used is 100% Kairyo Hattan Nagare, a very rare type developed in Shimane specifically for sake brewing. Enjoy the fragrant aroma and natural umami of the rice without overpowering the flavors of your dish.
- TOYONOAKI Junmai Daiginjo “TouTou”
- This is a dry Daiginjo made from a sake-brewing rice called Gohyakumangoku. You will love the refreshing taste and elegant aroma of this sake.
- Kinunomine Junmai Daiginjo 40
- Using 100% sake rice grown in Iinan Town, a major rice-producing region, this sake tastes luxurious and fruity while the aftertaste is very refreshing.
- KOKKI -BLACK-
- This sake has an impressively delicate and fruity aroma with a crisp taste. Enjoy pairing with a wide variety of dishes.
- Matsue BEER HEARN “Enmusubeer” Stout 300 ml Bottle
- With a smooth taste derived from the milk stout brewing process, this beer goes well with soy sauce and is a great pairing with Japanese cuisine.
- JAPAICE Organic Yuzu Pepper Paste (Red)
- The refreshing yuzu citrus flavor, together with the pepper’s pungency, will enhance the taste of your dishes. An ideal seasoning for oden or other hot pots.
- Chili Pepper Powder
- Its sharp spiciness is nurtured from peppers grown on mountainous farmlands. While mustard is considered a standard condiment for oden, the cayenne peppers’ piquancy also greatly enhances flavors.
- Nigirigushi (fish meat skewers)
- We’ve arranged perfectly tender minced fish on skewers. These skewers can be easily cooked on a barbeque grill or used as a tasty ingredient in oden or any other hot pot dish.
- John Dory Dashi Hot Pot Soup
- This ready-made broth for hot pots uses John Dory (red snapper) soup stock. By just simmering your preferred ingredients in this broth, you can make a perfect hot pot that is full of umami.
- Red Miso 300g
- Red miso has a rich and deep umami. It is great not only for miso soup but also for miso-based hot pots or sauces.
- Soft Abura-age (Fried Tofu)
- Having a soft and fine texture, these abura-age (fried tofu) pieces absorb stew broth flavors very well. Simply add to your oden or hot pots as a juicy and savory ingredient.
- “Shiraume” Udon (Round and Flat Noodles)
- We took the time to age these flat noodles to perfection. They are great as the last ingredient to throw into the remaining broth of your hot pot to finish the meal.
- Organic Yuzu Ponzu
- The base of this very flavorful ponzu sauce is soy sauce made with Japanese-grown organic soybeans. It is perfect as a dipping sauce to make a simple hot pot even more enjoyable.