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Sparerib Oden

Oden(ใŠใงใ‚“) is the quintessential Japanese comfort food and is super simple to make. With meat, fishcake, tofu, daikon, boiled eggs, and konnyaku simmered in dashi stock, it will warm you up from the inside out.

Course Entree, Soups & Stews
Cuisine Japanese
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Fish, Pork
Diet Dairy-Free, Low-Carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 650 grams spareribs
  • 540 grams daikon (peeled and cut into 1-inch thick rounds)
  • 8 cups dashi
  • 1/2 cup sake
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 eggs hard boiled & peeled
  • 260 grams atsuage (thick fried tofu)
  • 300 grams konnyaku
  • 500 grams assorted nerimono (Japanese fish cakes)

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the spareribs and daikon and cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain the spareribs and daikon and wash out the pot. Rinse the pork and daikon and return just the pork to the pot. Add the dashi, sake, soy sauce, salt and sugar to the pot, partially cover with a lid and gently simmer for 1 hour.
  3. While the pork is simmering, hard boil the eggs, and slice and twist the konnyaku as shown.
  4. After the spareribs have cooked for an hour, return the daikon to the pot, along with the boiled eggs, fried tofu and konnyaku.
  5. Continue simmering until the pork is very tender (another 30 minutes to 1 hour).
  6. Add the nerimono and cook until heated through and tender (about 10 minutes).
  7. Serve hot, covered with some of the broth. Oden tastes best when made the day before and left to rest in the refrigerator overnight before being reheated.