Friday, March 5, 2010

Chicken And Egg Bowl 親子丼 Oyako Don

To continue our journey through the land of the rising sun, we have a  humble dish with a very poetic name - oyako (親子) meaning parent and child as both eggs and chicken are being used in the same dish. There is a version with salmon and roes which I'll post at a later date. An ultimate comfort food especially on a chilly night. Again it doesn't take long to prepare especially if you choose to use instant dashi instead. I grilled the chicken pieces first as I always prefer the extra flavour from the grilling process. I also place an egg yolk on top just before serving, it is completely wicked!

serves 4 generously
you'll need;
1 free range chciken, boned and skinned, divided into 4 parts (I prefer mine with the skin on)
2 onions, sliced
3 spring onions, sliced at an angle
8 eggs
cooked rice

seasoned dashi;
3 cups of dashi 
1/4 cup of japanese soy
1/2 cup of mirin

I used 2 eggs/serve, lightly  beat 2 egg whites and 1 egg yolk, reserve the other yolk. If you are not a fan of raw egg, beat the 2 eggs instead.

Place sliced onions in an oiled pan, let it cook for about a minute.

Ladle about 100 ml of seasoned dashi and let's simmer for 30 seconds.

Arrange the chicken pieces neatly and simmer with the cover on for a minute, add in the spring onions.

Pour beaten eggs over, do not stir. Turn off the heat when egg mixture starts to set, about 70% cooked. Don't overcook the eggs as the residue heat from the hot rice will continue to cook the eggs.

Pour everything onto a bowl of steamed Japanese Rice, place the reserved egg yolk in the middle.

The best part - breaking the yolk.....oishii!!!! Oh don't forget the namani tohgarashi!


  1. I love the name and concept of this dish and it sounds so super delicious with that yolk!

  2. Haha it is like walking into a Japanese eatery these days :) One of my favourite dish and it looks really good!
    Oh the curry turned out perfect!

  3. I think you have done a good job for showing us how to prepare all these Japanese favourites! I especially like how you put in your little touches like adding the egg yolk! Looking forward to you upcoming posts! Is Thai making a comeback? Hehe

  4. That must be awesome with that egg yolk in there. Definitely something I want to try.

  5. A bowl of goodness and what a cute name that is! Your little touch with the egg yolk is make it so much better!

  6. That yolk makes the whole dish look grown-up! LOL. But yes, comfort food. It looks so good.

    PS: Thanks for your tip on using ghee ... I will try that!

  7. I love this one dish meal too ! Thanks for sharing the recipe and tips.

  8. Hey, that looks delicious! Just this in a meal, saves all the trouble :) Thks for sharing!

  9. 5 Star Foodie,
    Thank you! I really like the name too! The egg yolk just make it a little special!

    love to eat ,
    I start to feel like that too! :) Glad to hear your curry turned out well!

    Oh thank you! I have been so lazy so I thought I should at least add a little something to the dish :) Might come back soon!

    Yeah I can add egg yolks in everything haha

    Thank you! I think I have got it right with the yolk :)

    It certainly does :) Thank you! :)

    You are welcome! :)

    Thank you! My pleasure! :)

  10. Another recipe I want to try...I already have about ten of yours I want to cook! The egg yolk on top makes it look so beautiful.

  11. Another dish that I order all the time! Love the added egg yolk! Beautiful photos as always!

  12. He buddy you certainly has nailed it with the added yolk! I wonder what is coming next? Enjoy your evening buddy!

  13. Looks like bibimbap to me, what with the egg yolk in the middle !

  14. Tempting dish, very delicious and awesome clicks as always.

  15. oo i remember having a similar dish at a japanese restaurant where they left a nice egg yolk too~ good work!

  16. I am sure you know how to cut and slice well, I can tell from the food

  17. Bo,
    Thank you! I hope you'll try them soon!

    Thanks! I decided I quite like the raw egg yolks :)

    Hey buddy! Thank you! you too!

    Mr. Noodles,
    This hardly looks like bibimbap lol, I do have a post on bibimbap though! Btw bibimbap is basically a Korean version of 'don'. As with the egg yolk, why not? since this is a chicken and egg dish!

    Thank you very much!

    Oh there are quite a few Japanese recipes with raw eggs which I will post later :) Thank you!

    Thank you! I think I'm quite good with the knife hehe.

  18. Una receta estupenda. Que rico!

  19. That's such a delicious meal in a bowl. I need to take out my bowls and chopsticks to eat the real Chinese way :D

  20. this is my hubby's favorite! he will love it if you're our neighbor!

  21. My family loves this very much. I usually use chicken thigh to make this.

  22. I love the added egg yolk too! That is a great touch! Lovely photos of course! Now I better start my cooking!

  23. wow That's a restaurant quality oyaki don!

  24. WOW that looks so good and giving it a go!

  25. Amanda,
    Muchas gracias! besos

    Thank you! It is a very satisfying meal! :)

    petite nyonya,
    Thank you very much hehe :)

    Oh I used a whole chicken so some get breast some get thighs :)

    Haha I am glad you are another one that love the yolk!

    Haha Thank you very much!

    Thank you! It is very doable :)

  26. 我先生最愛吃親子丼了!加蛋黃是很好的主意呀!

  27. I make this all the time but mine don't look as good and I only use instant dashi hehe! I like the idea of adding the raw yolk, 一级棒!

  28. What an awesome dish. You have a way of making an easy dish look elegant. But I am a little wary about eating a raw egg yolk. If I am to make this I would do it minus that. :)

  29. c'est mieux que d'y aller au restaurant, j'adore
    bonne journée

  30. Though I'm not a chicken person..this dish looks quite inviting dear !

  31. Stirring in that yolk is so enticing. Richly delicious and elevating the dish. The entire meal is new to me - so bookmarking it for a fun dinner.

  32. woah, the egg is a killer! Looks amazing.

  33. oh wow yummy, but I want the egg cooked a tad more please chef!!

  34. Oyaku don is always always my favourite!

  35. 大肥,

    little panda ,
    Thank you! I sometimes use it too if I'm just cooking for myself. I love raw egg.

    Cool Lassi(e) ,
    Thank you! Just beat the 2 eggs instead, also the hot rice will cook the egg as well.

    Fimère ,
    merci! Je le pense aussi:)

    Daisy Blue ,
    Thank you very much! :)

    Claudia ,
    Thank you very much! That's my favourite part :)

    pigpigscorner ,
    I'm glad there is another raw egg lover lol :)

    Thank you! :) Remember we are serving this on a bed of hot rice which will cook the egg further :) otherwise don;t do the raw egg yolk, it is just a matter of personal preference :)

    Oh It is such a comforting meal :)

  36. Aww I love the added egg yolk, you have turned it into such a beautiful dish!

  37. Harriet from CarltonMarch 6, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    I would love a bowl of that for lunch, the egg yolk is a marvelous idea!

  38. Wat a beautiful clicks!!! really tempting recipe..

  39. Oh wow, this is absolutely faulous, I can eat the whole bowl...very tempting, indeed. Like ur step by step pictures...

  40. What a delight for eyes and taste!
    Really tempting dish!
    Betty xx

  41. Beautiful pictures! This sounds fabulous! Simple ingredients creating flavorful, fun results- I am going to have to make this! Thanks!

  42. I always love a sunny side egg on my dish, looks fantastic

  43. one of my fave Japanese one-dish bowl. drool at the raw egg on top!

  44. Oyakodon is one of my favorites! Yours looks so beautiful!

  45. I love the egg yolk on top... and when will I be able to buy your cooking book?!!

  46. You have proven to us again the simple food can look beautiful and taste delicious! Well done! The egg yolk....oooh!

  47. I find something so cute about dishes that use both chicken and eggs, and the name of this makes it cuter still! Looks absolutely delicious, what gourmet comfort food :)

  48. Oh YUMMMMMMMmmmmmmmm. I love how delicious you made this simple dish look.

  49. Wow, I thought I was in Japanese Restaurant or something! You've been making Japanese dishes for almost a week now. And you did like a pro! Everything seems so perfect and delicious. Well done, girl! Have a great weekend!

  50. It looks superb....and while I'd be scared to eat a raw egg yolk......I see myself bracing up and facing the challenge....

  51. Encore un plat bien savoureux.
    C'est un plaisir de te rendre visite.
    See soon.

  52. I haven't had this in at least a decade. It looks absolutely wonderful and I've put it on my "hit" list. Have a great day...Mary.

  53. Wow, the egg yolks are so orange! You never see eggs yolks like that in the US. This looks like a delicious dish!

  54. This looks really good and fabulous pictures. I have never got into the egg thing though!

  55. Beautiful..You always have a great way to do elegant, yet simple dishes like this..kudos !!

  56. KL girl in MELB ,
    I'm glad you like that! Thank you!

    Thank you! I'm counting the yolk lover :)

    Thank you very much!

    Malar Gandhi ,
    Thank you :) I hope they are being helpful to you!

    Thank you :) xxx

    Rhandi ,
    Thank you! Please try it :)

    Janice ,
    Thank you! Me too!

    noobcook ,
    Haha mine too! One more egg lover :)

    Oh thank you very much!

    Eternally Distracted ,
    I think my decision to add the egg yolk is the right one :) I'll send you a copy if the is ever I cookbook lol which I don't think so :)

    Thank you! I think simply food is a lot easier to style :)

    Conor @ HoldtheBeef ,
    Haha and you can start the whole chicken or egg first argument over dinner :) Thank you!

    Oh thank you very much!

    My Little Space ,
    Thank you very much! You have a wonderful weekend too!

    Kitchen Butterfly,
    Remember the yolk will be cooked by the hot rice ;)

    Saveurs et Gourmandises,
    merci beaucoup!
    merci pour votre visite encore:)

    It is time to make it soon :)

    Fresh Local and Best ,
    Oh really? I think you mentioned that before. Sometimes the yolks are almost orange!

    All Our Fingers in the Pie ,
    Thank you!, Don't add the yolk it will still be delicious!

    Oh thank you ver much! It somehow turned out looking quite good! :)

  57. ohhh..I luv this recipe!thanks for sharing!xx

  58. hey..i really like ur blog here..pls update more receipes..i will try 1 by 1 all ur dishes here..yum yum..thanks

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  60. It seems so great... with this yolk...

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