oyakodon

Although I mostly stick to vegetarian options, oyakodon is one of those dishes I continually make an exception for. I fell in love with this savory chicken and egg dish while living in Tokyo, Japan for 18 months (which I made a graphic novel about and you can read here!). It was always a bit greasy at restaurants, so I love the homemade version much better!

Bento box with oyakodon, white rice, and broccoli salad (broccoli with mayo dressing, veggie bacon, raisins, and sunflower seeds).

親子丼 (Oyakodon)

Oyakodon literally means “parent-and-child donburi”, a combo of oya (parent) and ko (child). It is made up mostly of chicken, egg, green onions, and other ingredients simmered together in a sauce and then served on top of rice. The name came from the fact that an egg comes from a chicken like a child and so sometimes, other “pair” ingredients are used, like salmon and salmon roe.