What is Oyakodon?
The word oyakodon literally means mother and child rice bowl in Japanese. This comes from the fact that the rice bowl is covered in chicken and eggs.
Rice bowls are very popular in Japan and they are called donburi in Japanese. Donburi is a one-meal dish where the rice and the side dishes — consisting of either meat, fish, eggs, and/or vegetables—are served together in a big rice bowl as a complete meal.
This Japanese egg rice is a homey dish that many people love.
How To Make Oyakodon
Egg is an important ingredient in donburi, as it makes the simmered egg sauce in many recipes, including oyakodon. The eggs must not be over-beaten: they should remain light and fluffy after simmering with the sauce. More importantly, the simmered chicken and eggs have to soak up the flavors of the seasonings. When serving the chicken and eggs on top of steamed rice, the sauce will give its flavor to the rice, hence making this simple and humble oyakadon the ultimate donburi dish.
Traditionally, the best oyakodon recipe calls for dashi, or Japanese soup stock made of dried bonito flakes and kombu (dried kelp). I made mine with Mizkan Bonito Flavored Soup Base, which is precisely soy sauce with dashi. Since there is bonito flavoring in the Soup Base, there is no need to make dashi and hence making traditional Japanese cooking very accessible to every home cook.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is it healthy?
Yes, this rice bowl packs a great amount of protein, which is great for you.
How many calories?
This recipe has 377 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with this Recipe?
This dish is best served as the main course. For a wholesome Japanese meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
Pairs well with:
Oyakodon - a Japanese recipe of a donburi, or rice bowl, that calls for chicken and eggs. Also called parent and child donburi.
- 1/4 onion, cut into rings
- 8 oz chicken thigh or leg, fat trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 stalk scallion, cut diagonally
- 2 tablespoons Mizkan Bonito Flavored Soup Base or soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons mirin
- 1 teaspoon sugar
1Combine all the ingredients for the Sauce in a small bowl. Stir to combine well.
2Heat up a small saucepan on high heat and bring the water to boil. Add the sliced onion, chicken, the Sauce, and cook for 2 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked. Skim off the scum.
3Pour the eggs slowly in a circular motion, covering the chicken. Lower the heat to simmer and cover the saucepan with its lid. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked. Add the scallions.
4To serve, add steamed rice to two rice bowls and top with the simmered chicken and eggs. Serve immediately.