Thursday, February 10, 2011
Vegan Oden (Japanese Hot Pot)
Deep fried tofu
Cooking water from beans
Oden is popular Japanese winter time meal and is very easy to cook. Usually, it contains a deep-fried patty (or ball) of fish paste, boiled egg and sausage and other animal ingredients in soup in general.
Sometimes oden is defined as stew-like soup however, my version of oden has less soup because I aimed to condense and boost natural flavor from vegetables.
Put daikon, carrot, potato, tofu, konjac, konbu in a pot then pour cooking water from beans to cover all vegetables then heat. Once the soup has boiled, add salt, soy sauce, mirin and brown sugar for taste then cook at very low heat until carrot and daikon is tender enough (approx 30-40 min).
Tips: I would recommend to season rather full flavor (but it's up to you).