Oyakodon – One of Popular Donburi Dishes Using Chicken


Have you ever heard about Oyakodon? Oyakodon is really popular dish, and it is served at many Japanese restaurants, especially soba restaurants in Japan. Why oyakodon at soba restaurants?  Since hundreds years ago, soba restaurants in Japan have been serving donburi dishes including oyakodon, katsudon and tendon in addition to soba noodle menu. Though there are various opinions on the reason, one thing that can be said definitely is that “dashi” for soba noodle can also be used for donburi dishes and it is so delicious with good flavor of dashi.


Oyakodon is also well cooked at home, since the main ingredients such as chicken, egg and onion are that we have usually in the fridge.


Oyakodon (親子丼), literally “parent-and-child donburi”, is a donburi, or Japanese rice bowl dish, in which chicken, egg, sliced scallion (or sometimes regular onions), and other ingredients are all simmered together in a sauce and then served on top of a large bowl of rice. The name of the dish is a poetic reflection of the fact that both chicken and egg are used in the dish. (Wikipedia)


Special Oyakodon

In Aomori prefecture, there is a famous brand of chicken, called Shamo Rock. With such high quality of meat, it is being used in the Imperial Palace or royal family’s party. Shamo Rock contains strong umami flavor with higher percentage of glutamic acid and Inosinic acid than other brands of chicken. (Researched by Aomori Livestock Research Institute). If you have a chance to travel Aomori, you can enjoy oyakodon made from Shamo Rock chicken and an egg at the local restaurants.


Oyakodon made from Shamo Rock brand of chicken

About Shamo Rock and the local restaurants which serve Shamo Rock dishes in Aomori.

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