Chikuwa Fishcake and Konnyaku Oden

Do you like fish Cakes?


When I had easy access to Asian grocery stores, I wasn’t a big fan for them, so just once in 3 months or so was good enough for me. Since I moved to the US however, fishcakes are harder to obtain, and as long as it is a rare item to be on my dining table, I miss them and I bet that happens to you too! (Ever imagined moving to Japan? Bring extra tortillas and Twizzlers because they are not available in ordinary grocery stores there! And be ready to surprise how expensive fruits can be!!)


So, fishcakes. We enjoy them for Oden, simmered in dashi with karashi mustard for the topping. Especially on a cold day, oden is the perfect food to keep your body warm. Japanese winter soul food, oden for tonight? I bet you’ll love them!:)


<Today’s Recipe>

Chikuwa Fish Cakes, egg and Konnyaku Oden



  • 3 chikuwa fish cakes – cut in diagonal
  • 1 packet konnyaku (yam cake)
  • Some boiled eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon bonito soup stock
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • Some karashi mustard



  1. For konnyaku yam cake, thinly slice and notch on the center. Push one side in and make a twist shape. Set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients except karashi mustard and bring it to boil. When it gets boiled, reduce heat to medium low and simmer them.
    *If you take a longer time simmering it, they’ll be more flavorful;)
  3. With a side of little karashi mustard, enjoy warm and yummy oden!


Mmm, what makes me homesick is of course my family and food! Oden is also street food for after work, so having happy hour with oden is also a great idea! 


By the way, is there a big difference in flavor between sushi and fish cakes? I love seafood so I didn’t notice, but my dinner buddy refused to eat chikuwa fish cakes claiming it’s smelly. Hmm, I don’t know how he got over with being able to eat sushi…


<Other Cold Night Happy Hour Bite>

There must be crunchy bites. Japanese Fusion Chili Fries

jp fusion chili fry

If you are wine lovers, here they are. Tomato, Avocado, Cream Cheese Bruschetta

tomato avocado cream cheese bruschetta

If you are sake lovers, here’s your buddy. Daikon Simmered in Dashi

daikon radish in dashi


Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

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