Oden: Why is the Dish called So? and its literal Meaning
It is October. In Japan, together with Shinmai (新米), the Oden (おでん) season has finally come.
The dish is now on sale in many convenience stores, and you can see related product ads on newspaper flyers.
But have you ever thought about its etymology and literal meaning?
Etymology & Meaning of Oden (おでん)
As I was also wondering about the origin, I researched that today.
Based on Kotobank, Oden is short for O-Dengaku (おでんがく), and its name comes from Dengaku (田楽).
What is Dengaku (田楽)?
Dengaku is a dish that appeared in the Muromachi period (室町時代: 1336-1573) and came in two styles, Yaki (焼き) and Nikomi (煮込み).
Yaki Dengaku consisted of a grilled skewer coated with miso and used a rectangular block of tofu as its main ingredient.
Meanwhile, Nikomi Dengaku was its simmered version, and in the Edo period (江戸時代: 1603-1868), Oden came to refer to this type.
Oden started with konnyaku and later adopted various ingredients such as daikon (radish) and hanpen (fish cake).
(Reference Page: Wikipedia おでん )