Hello! Today we’re introducing another classic donburi rice bowl dish!
Oyakodon (親子丼) is a humble, cheap and quick dish that is popular in homes and restaurants alike!
What is Oyakodon?
Oyakodon literally means “Parent and child rice bowl”. This usually refers to “Chicken and Egg Bowl”.
But because of the name, other types of rice bowls are also called Oyakodon such as salmon and salmon roe (those orange fish eggs).
Funnily enough, if you use pork instead of chicken for Oyakodon, the name is changed to “Tanindon” (他人丼) which means “other people rice bowl”.
A Brief History of Oyakodon
It is said that Oyakodon came around in the Meiji period (1868-1912) or maybe even earlier! It is the second oldest donburi recipe, with Gyuudon as the first.
The origin of Oyakodon can’t really be confirmed, but apparently it was created in either Tokyo or Osaka.
Where ever it was invented, this dish is a very quick and humble recipe, good for a quick lunch or a hearty dinner!
Frequently Asked Questions
What does Oyakodon mean?
Oyakodon (親子丼) literally means “Parent and child rice bowl”. This usually refers to “Chicken and Egg Bowl”.