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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Bringing Japanese Culture to Bellingham: How to Cook Oyakodon

As a native Japanese student studying at Western, I would like to share this easy cooking recipe that I learned from my family.

Oyakodon, the recipe I will show you today, is one of the most famous and easy cooking dishes in Japan. The name, oyakodon, originally derived from two separated words, oyako and Don. Oyako refers to a parent and a child, which is perceived as the relationship of two main ingredients of the dish, chicken and eggs. Since Japanese people serve meals with a bowl of steamed rice in general, oyakodon also comes with steamed rice. Actually the word, Don, means a completed meal within a bowl, which in this case is grilled chicken and eggs on a bowl of steamed rice.

These are all the ingredients you would need to cook oyakodon more precisely in Japanese taste, it makes 2-3 servings.

 

Ingredients
Ingredients

  • Two medium-sized onions
  • One large piece of a chicken breast half
  • Two medium-sized eggs
  • 5 table spoon of soy sauce.
  • 150 cc of water
  • 2 tea spoon of hondashi, bonito fish soup stock
  • Some vegetable oil
  • Some salt and pepper

 

 

Directions:

1. Slice onions along the fiber into pieces about one centimeter or less each.
1. Slice onions along the fiber into pieces about one centimeter or less each.

 

2. Cut a chicken breast half into small pieces as shown in the picture.
2. Cut a chicken breast half into small pieces as shown in the picture.

 

3. Turn on a stove and cover a pan with vegetable oil slightly. Set the heat medium, and you don’t have to adjust the heat for the whole process.
3. Turn on a stove and cover a pan with vegetable oil slightly. Set the heat medium, and you don’t have to adjust the heat for the whole process.

 

4. Grill chicken until it gets slightly colored between white and brown.
4. Grill chicken until it gets slightly colored between white and brown.

 

5. Put sliced onions into the pan, and saute them all until onions get softened.
5. Put sliced onions into the pan, and saute them all until onions get softened.

 

6. Now add all the sauces and the spices into the pan. Don’t forget to break eggs and stir them in another bowl at this point so that you don’t have to be in a hurry later.
6. Now add all the sauces and the spices into the pan. Don’t forget to break eggs and stir them in another bowl at this point so that you don’t have to be in a hurry later.

 

7. Cover the pan by a sheet of foil and leave it for about 7 to 8 minutes until chicken and onions properly absorb some color and flavor.
7. Cover the pan by a sheet of foil and leave it for about 7 to 8 minutes until chicken and onions properly absorb some color and flavor.

 

8. Pour eggs into the pan and put foil back for about a minute.
8. Pour eggs into the pan and put foil back for about a minute.

 

9. At last, serve as much as you want on a bowl of steamed rice. You can enjoy one of the most famous Japanese dishes now.
9. At last, serve as much as you want on a bowl of steamed rice. You can enjoy one of the most famous Japanese dishes now.

As you can see, it is quite easy and fast to cook oyakodon. However, some people feel it lacks a little flavor. So if you feel like something is missing, add some soy sauce or salt and pepper on it. I hope you all enjoy the delicious Japanese dish.

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