Oden with “Chikuwabu”

Oden is a hodgepodge in dashi soup. Although it is a representative of winter dish, recently it is sold all year round at a convenience store.

Ingredients of “Oden” vary according to region and between each household.  The differences between Kanto region and Kansai region are remarkable.  One of them is “Chikuwa-Bu”.  In Kanto region “Chikuwa-Bu” is indispensable, but in Kansai region it is rarely used.

Chikuwabu

“Chikuwabu” is very similar to “Nama-Fu” wheat gluten food and “Chikuwabu” contains not only wheat gluten but also starch.
You may has heard “Chikuwa” of fish paste cake, but it is absolutely different.

Cooking of Oden
Chikuwabu
Cooking of Oden

Today’s ingredients : konbu, Gyu-Suji (beef), Chikuwa-Bu, konjac, Japanese radish, boiled egg, fish cake, fried tofu, potato.

Oden with "Chikuwabu"
Oden with "Chikuwabu"
Oden with "Chikuwabu"

・Oden
is  a hodgepodge in soy sauce flavored dashi soup.  おでん
・Chikuwa-Bu
is a wheat gluten food, which contains starch,  and it’s very similar to “Nama-Fu”.  “Nama-Fu” dose not contain starch.  竹輪麩(ちくわぶ) literally “bamboo ring wheat gluten”