Oyakodon | 親子丼
Origin - Japan
Oyako-don, literally meaning “Parent-child bowl” is a popular rice bowl dish and is arguably a classic soul the best soul food of Japan. But why would a bowl of food be crudely named after a parent and child you may ask? Well, it’s because the ingredients for the dish are parent and child. Japanese people love using poetic words and meaning when it comes to naming certain things.
There are only a handful of ingredients used in making oyakodon. Very simple ingredients such as chicken (the parent) , egg (the child), and sliced scallions are simmered together in a soup made with soy sauce and Japanese soup stock then served on top of a large bowl of steamed rice.
This dish is fairly simple and easy to make so it is very common to be served in diners and cafeterias where people look for fast food to eat. These food courts often serve up quick one bowl meals such as oykaodon, gyu-don, and katsu-don.
[ Fun Fact ]
Several other Japanese dishes pun on the “parent-child” theme of Oyako-don. Tanin-don, literally “stranger bowl”, replaces chicken with beef.
[ History ]
Oyako-don has a history of 100 years, where it originated in 1891 from a restaurant in Tokyo called Tamahide. This historic restaurant has continued its tradition of only serving Oyako-don and nothing else.
It is considered one of Japan’s best Oyako-don with a long line of people waiting to get a taste of this stunning dish. Oyako-don has immense popularity for its simple ingredients and cooking methods that it’ll be hard to find a Japanese person who has not eaten a bowl of Oyako-don.
[ How to Eat ]
Since the chicken and egg are served on top the rice, make sure to scoop your chopsticks underneath the rice for a delicious combination of tender chicken, fluffy eggs, and steamed rice, soaked with flavorful soup.