Oyako literally means ‘parent and child’ – yes, chicken and egg. Oyako don is a sort of chicken omelette on rice. It is a cheap, quick and nourishing one-bowl everyday Japanese dish that everybody loves. If you substitute beef, pork or tofu pieces instead chicken, it becomes Tanin don. (Tanin means ‘ strangers’ – playful naming, isn’t it?
2 bowls of steamed rice
150g chicken pieces
½ onion thinly sliced
2/3 cup dashi (Japanese stock –chicken stock work well too)
3 tablespoon mirin
2 tablespoon GF soy sauce
2 large eggs
½ Nori sheet, cut or tear in small pieces to serve
- In a frying pan place onion then pour dashi and put on medium heat. When the liquid boils lower heat and continue to cook for a few minutes until onion is soft. Add mirin and soy sauce, then chicken pieces.
- Continue to cook for 5 minutes until the onion and chicken are cooked well.
- Beat eggs in a small bowl and pour in to the frying pan. Put the lid on. Leave to cook for 30 seconds – 1 minute until eggs are cooked to your liking (half cooked is my favourite).
- Fill a serving bowl with rice. Top with egg mixture. Scatter nori.
Tip: Serve with Japanese style green salad and miso soup for a complete Japanese meal.