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Oden in L.A. County?

tu_triky Jul 23, 2008 02:52 PM


Does anybody have any recommendations for Japanese restaurants that specialize in Oden? I know it's a typically winter fare but I am personally not aware of any Japanese restaurants that serve oden. Any thoughtful responses are greatly appreciated!

I've attached a photo of the typical simmered food items that make up oden.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: tu_triky Jul 23, 2008 04:19 PM

    They don't necessarily specialize in it, but I've had good oden at Haru Ulala.


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      tu_triky RE: ipsedixit Jul 23, 2008 08:10 PM

      Thanks, ipsedixit...I've been to Haru Ulala many times...I guess that's the best that L.A. has to offer...izakayas that also serve oden...I'll have to try their oden next time.

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        weebie RE: tu_triky Jul 23, 2008 09:31 PM

        As far as izakaya, in the past I've seen oden on the specials menu at Honda-ya (Little Tokyo). Should be a seasonal thing. Why not make it at home? You can find everything you need at Mitsuwa, Marukai, etc...

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          tu_triky RE: weebie Jul 24, 2008 07:01 AM

          Yeah that's true, just got to get the dashi right....but yeah they have all ingredients...the hanpen, chikuwa, eggs, fried tofu pouches, etc...I was looking for the easy way out! :)

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            cls RE: tu_triky Jul 25, 2008 08:13 PM

            The easy way out is to buy the Dashi packets...

    2. OCAnn RE: tu_triky Jul 23, 2008 11:18 PM

      Too bad 7/11s here don't carry it like they do in Japan. Maybe Famima might start carrying it during the winter?

      1. J.L. RE: tu_triky Jul 24, 2008 01:13 AM

        Oden, with his eight-legged steed Sleipnir, rode across the plain of Valhalla....

        Hehehe.... just joking. Oden is a tasty Japanese winter soup indeed.
        The Miyako Hotel in Little Tokyo once made great Oden.... And Place Yuu on Sawtelle occasionally has it on their "Daily Specials" menu during winter months.

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          tu_triky RE: J.L. Jul 24, 2008 07:00 AM

          Thanks for the recommendations...as I was well aware...it is a winter dish so I guess seeking it out in the "off season" makes it an even more difficult task to find.

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          arkestra RE: tu_triky Jul 24, 2008 02:46 PM

          i haven't been there in ages, but yabu on pico in west L.A. always had it during the winter.


          (interestingly, if you go to the site, click on the west L.A. location, and then click on dinner menu, you'll see a pix of oden ingredients)

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            tu_triky RE: arkestra Jul 24, 2008 07:37 PM

            Thanks for your recommendation, arkestra...I'll check it out and bookmark the link for future reference.

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            PayOrPlay RE: tu_triky Jul 24, 2008 11:17 PM

            Yashima, in the Olympic Collection on Sawtelle, is best known for udon and soba but they do have oden on the menu--year round, as far as I know--and it's always been pretty good when I've ordered it.

            Haru Ulala
            368 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

            11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 210, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            Yabu Restaurant
            11820 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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              tu_triky RE: PayOrPlay Jul 25, 2008 06:38 AM

              Thanks for Yashima recommendation...I'll add it to the list. I recently went to Sawtelle to do a little shopping @ Nijiya across the street from the Olympic Collection so I know exactly where you are talking about.

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                PayOrPlay RE: tu_triky Jul 25, 2008 07:53 PM

                Just a caveat--we were at Yashima tonight and I didn't see it on the menu; I asked the waitress if they still had it, and she said yes, but I wasn't 100% sure she was understanding me.

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                  tu_triky RE: PayOrPlay Jul 26, 2008 02:08 PM

                  Thanks for the heads up...I guess if one really wanted to eat oden @ Yashima...it'd be best to call in advance and make sure they're serving it.

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              PayOrPlay RE: tu_triky Jul 29, 2008 03:33 PM

              I just thought of another alternative--not the same, but in the ballpark. The last time we went to A-Won in Koreatown for their definitive hwe dup bap (the al bap was good too), PayOrPlay Jr. scanned the menu and decided to order fish cake soup. It didn't have all of the other ingredients of a standard Japanese oden, but it was very, very good.

              A-Won Japanese Restaurant
              913 1/2 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

              1. omotosando RE: tu_triky Jul 29, 2008 11:42 PM

                OMG oden! The very first time I went to Japan, on my very first night in the country, I was taken to an old, apparently famous restaurant in Asakusa that specializes in oden. Heaven. There used to be a Japanese chef in Beverly Hills that I convinced to make oden for me, but he has moved on. Befriend a chef perhaps? Let me know if you find anyplace.

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                  tu_triky RE: omotosando Jul 30, 2008 06:20 PM

                  Sounds like you had a lovely experience in Asakusa...I'm sure that area of Tokyo, "shitomachi," must have some great oden.

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