Oyakodon Recipe – Bokksu Market

Oyakodon Recipe

by Emi Noguchi

As you may know, oyakodon means parent-child (oya-ko) over rice (don). Why? Two ingredients: chicken and egg. We recommend that the squeamish don’t think too hard about it...just know that in this recipe, the chicken comes first.


Let’s get started!

First, let’s gather our ingredients:

Nishiki Premium Rice: Medium Grain 5 lb

  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1T aji mirin
  • 1.5 tsp sake
  • 1T soy sauce
  • 1/3 tsp instant dashi
  • Crunchy chili garlic to taste

Next, all the equipment you’ll need:

  • 1 bowl for broth
  • 1 sharp knife
  • 1 cutting board
  • Cooking chopsticks
  • 1 ladle
  • 1 ~8 oz. pan with lid

Prep your ingredients!

  1. Rinse rice until clear, then soak for 30 min.
  2. Slice your onion
  3. Dissolve 1/3 tsp instant dashi into 1/3 cup hot water
  4. Pour soy sauce, aji mirin, and sake into dashi
  5. Slice green onions.
  6. Whisk eggs together
  7. Cut chicken into bite-szied pieces

Stove Time!

  1. In the small, lidded pan: pour dashi broth until just covering sliced onion
  2. Cover and simmer until onions soften
  3. Add chicken and cover to cook
  4. Add 2/3 of your eggs, cover, and cook until runny
  5. Add remaining eggs and sprinkle with scallions
  6. Cook until eggs are cooked the way you like them
  7. Serve over a bowl of rice
  8. Add extra green onions and crunchy garlic chili to taste.

Gochisosama deshita! (Thanks for all your hard work!) Let’s go enjoy some homemade oyakodon!

By Emi Noguchi

Author Bio

Emi Noguchi is a fiction writer, blogger, and freelance writing instructor, and co-founder of MFA App Review. After studying standard Japanese at Columbia University, she picked up Kansai-ben while living in Osaka and some Awa-ben in her paternal hometown in Tokushima. Emi is a 2020 recipient of the John Weston Award and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. You can read her work in Essay Daily, The Spectacle, and Fairy Tale Review. Emi is currently writing a novel about diasporic illnesses, art-making, and traditional Japanese puppetry.
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