Well, this looks interesting – found it at 99 Ranch Market. Bean vermicelli isn’t too hard a stretch to understand; it’s a noodle made from mung beans. But what is oden? Wikipedia says –
Oden (おでん, 御田) is a type of nabemono (Japanese one-pot dishes), consisting of several ingredients such as boiled eggs, daikon, konjac, and processed fishcakes stewed in a light, soy-flavored dashi broth.
Oden was originally what is now commonly called misodengaku or simply dengaku; konjac (konnyaku) or tofu was boiled and eaten with miso. Later, instead of using miso, ingredients were cooked in dashi, and oden became popular. Ingredients vary according to region and between each household. Karashi is often used as a condiment.
Oden is often sold from food carts, though some izakayas also serve it, and dedicated oden restaurants exist. Many different varieties are sold, with single-ingredient dishes sometimes as cheap as 100 yen. While it is usually considered a winter food, some carts and restaurants offer oden year-round. Many of these restaurants keep their broth as a master stock, replenishing it as it simmers to let the flavor deepen and develop over many months and years.
Well, I do have some fishcake and eggs to accompany this… By the way thank you to Kyle K. from Mom’s Dry Noodle for aid in translation – much appreciated! Let’s give it a try!
Single High Bean Vermicelli With Oden – China
An import sticker (click to enlarge). Note the green green vegetables and the ‘recreation bag’ reference.
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add in everything and boiling water to line. Cover for 5~8 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).
A block of bean vermicelli.
Here’s the oden.
A wet sachet.
Looks like sesame paste.
Vegetables and pepper rings.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added sesame seed, egg, narutomaki, shichimi, and spring onion. The vermicelli was pretty good – worked well with the sauce which was sweet, salty, and very spicy from Sichuan peppercorn. The oden was really neat! Kind of like fishcake – different types had different features – the multicolored one for example had a filled center. A neat variety to be sure. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6971901595886.
Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!