Delicious and healthy, oyakodon is a well-loved Japanese dish that is reminiscent of home-cooked meals. If you are craving traditional comfort food, this tasty meal will hit the spot and should be an addition to most food lovers’ lists.
The story behind oyakodon
Over 4,000 years ago, chickens became domesticated in Japan, as they were not native to the country. Poultry is, after all, one of the main ingredients in oyakodon. This tasty traditional Japanese dish was first made in a chicken shop in Tokyo more than a century ago. Donburi, on the other hand, can be made with other combinations of meats, seafood, and vegetables, so they were very versatile and a quick way to feed the family. Oyakodon with its chicken and egg soon became a staple in many homes as it was so tasty and made a hearty family meal.
‘Oyako’ means parent and child and refers to the use of eggs and chicken in the dish. During the cooking process, the mouthwatering hot ingredients are poured over the rice in the donburi before the egg has finished cooking. The hot rice beneath finishes cooking the egg.
The steps taken to create this delectable dish
Juicy chicken pieces are cooked in one pot together with the sauce and onions. Once cooked, a beaten egg is drizzled over the contents of the pot and cooked to your preference. When serving the yummy dish, a single egg yolk is also placed on the donburi containing the hot rice. The delectable salty and sweet dashi sauce and the creaminess of the egg added at the end of the cooking process are what make this dish so scrumptious.
Traditionally, oyakodon should be eaten from the bottom of the donburi up. This ensures you always have some scrumptious chicken stew and dashi sauce to add to your forkful of rice. The idea is to finish both the oyakodon and the rice at the same time.
Occasions to indulge in this appetising dish
Oyakodon is a firm favourite in homes and various restaurants across Asia. Any occasion is a good time to enjoy this meal alone, with friends or with family. Feeling hungry and in need of a protein boost? Why not grab a bowl during your lunch break? Alternatively, spend some quality family time as you munch through this tasty dinner. Personalise your serving by enjoying it with a side of green salad or drink a cup of sweet chai tea to truly bring out the flavours of this dish.
Treat your taste buds by ordering some mouthwatering oyakodon from Sushi King today: tender juicy chicken in a piquant dashi sauce with a creamy egg topping.