Oden おでん is a type of Japanese hot pod / boiled cuisine.
When you come to Japan I recommend you try to eat it.
In cold season between October and February, most convenience stores offer oden or it can be offered at Japanese style restaurants.
Then, if you become to like it, you may want to cook oden at home by yourself.
If so you should buy oden powder at super market in Japan before going back to your country,
Using this oden powder is the easiest way to cook oden.
おでんの素 Oden-no-moto : Oden powder “Jpanese Seasoning & Soup Mix”
からし Karashi : Japanese mustard
一味 Ichimi : Chili pepper
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There costs are about 100 yen (US1$) each at super markets in Japan.
When you eat oden we often put the mustard and pepper on oden. We don’t boil oden with them.
Mix and boil with the powder, water and your favorite ingredients below.
Boiled egg, daikon-radish, deep-fried tofu, potato, minced (fish / pork / beef) meat, tubular fish-paste (chikuwa), sausage, deep-fried fish-paste, octopus and so on.
I usually put less water than the direction on the power box, because I like strong taste. If the taste of the direction is thin for you, it is also nice to add some soy sauce or miso during boiling.