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  • You know that it's getting colder in Japan

  • when you start seeing Oden pop up in the local convenience stores.

  • Now, it's really great to have Oden from a convenience store

  • and to stand outside in the cold with the big warm basket of Oden

  • but there's something really special about going to an izakaya that serves Oden.

  • Come we're going to take you to a place that serves it

  • even though I am already eating Oden

  • but I'm gonna double Oden tonight.

  • By Thor's hammer, I decree that it is Oden Night! Get it? Cuz Oden like Thor Odin...

  • S- Odin..

  • - Ah..

  • S- Boo

  • - I'll be here all night.

  • S- Please no more

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  • I love spots like this that are far from the stations

  • where people don't actually straggle by.

  • These are all the bikes of the locals that are coming here.

  • Only we know about this place,

  • and we don't wanna tell you about it.

  • But we're gonna do it anyways.

  • - I'd like to mention. That I tripped on every freaking pebble on the way over here

  • I kicked the first one, then I kicked the second one.

  • First I did this and I went

  • Oh gee

  • Then I hit this one and I went

  • Gosh

  • And then I whipped around and I hit this one I just stumbled out of here

  • and I haven't even had a drink yet.

  • S- YET

  • S- Yet! Eh, the night's still young!

  • [Japanese]

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  • M- So we came to Yamachans before.

  • We stumbled upon it by accident

  • and then I saw an Instagram they started serving Oden,

  • and I was like by Thor's hammer

  • we are coming to Yamachans

  • for Oden TONIGHT!

  • S- What accent is that??

  • - It started out with just me, and then it turned more into like a Norse one.

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  • M- Oh these are huge.

  • S- Wow

  • So Martina began the video by introducing the convenience store kind

  • But this is my turn to show you a little bit we have here tofu. We have some egg

  • We have the money bag. We have the radish.

  • M- We have the money bag. You just said it so casually.

  • S- That's what they're called. They're called money bags, aren't they?

  • And then we have I don't know what this is called

  • It's just like a Oden just like a fish cake.

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  • - I mean it is the difference between having a store-made dumpling and

  • having a homemade dumplings

  • S- So what is this that you're eating?

  • M- The name of this is on the screen right now

  • S- Because we don't know it at the moment

  • M- Chiiaaahhow, chaawon, chhiiuuwann

  • It's like a flour a really thick flour

  • Mixed with a bunch of ground of things and they put it inside of a bamboo pole

  • and it's like steamed and then cut open.

  • I'm pretty sure that's right

  • and if it's not right there's something on the screen right now

  • with like a big I X going through my face being like that's not right at all.

  • This is the biggest boy I've ever seen.

  • Normally they're quite small. I mean half the size of it maybe right

  • S- Maybe. M- This is like wildly big. That's what she said?

  • - I don't even know what to compare this look to it's just so different

  • M- See what I mean about the dumpling?

  • - It feels like a freshly baked loaf.

  • M- You know like when you have a beef stew, and you put those dense

  • not the fluffy dumplings? S- Yes this tastes like

  • a dumpling in a beef stew. It's so hearty

  • M- Hearty S- Warming

  • S- and wholesome M- Hearty and warming is exactly the words I would use to describe it.

  • S- And having some with warm sake is the only way to go.

  • Remember cold sake for cold foods warm sake for warm foods

  • Oh yeah!

  • Did you already have your half? M- I only had a bite of it.

  • We could always order more

  • but it seemed to me that you were gonna eat all that S- We COULD always order more

  • We could always order more

  • M- He just. I mean he went for it.

  • S- My mom used to make these really chubby noodles, I don't even know what they were called

  • But they were like fat like this and there were water noodles

  • and she boiled them in soup.

  • The fat white and doughy ones.

  • That's what this tastes like.

  • *Attempts to speak polish*

  • I don't know. Mom, I know you watch my videos all the time.

  • Can you like call me and tell me mom. What are they called? Okay

  • [Polish]

  • It's Kopitca! KOPITCA!

  • [Polish]

  • KOPITCA!

  • [Japanese] because they're sticky [Japanese]

  • - Now you're just making things up

  • - This has a very nostalgic warm wholesome feeling.

  • This alone is worth the price of admission

  • M- It was free

  • It was free to get in here

  • It didn't cost anything

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  • - I know we're supposed to be doing a video about Oden,

  • but we just got their special that they brought out to us.

  • It's only available until 6:30. I gotta get it while it's here.

  • And that's what I love about Japanese izakaya,

  • you always have the random specials, say yes to every one of them.

  • Soft creamy with nice little skin on the outside

  • smooth pate creaminess on the inside.

  • We got finely chopped green onions, sesame oil, and soy sauce on it. It's just-

  • It's just smashing it.

  • Paul Hollywood would say "that's cracking that."

  • I noticed how in the UK they ususally start and end with the same pronoun.

  • That's delicious that, huh for our UK viewers and learning how to speak your language. M- Good job

  • M- I think what makes the Oden is having an amazing dashi

  • like the broth that it's soaking in has to have a lot of flavor

  • so that it actually soaks into all the stuff and this is a giant thick piece of tofu.

  • It's absorbed all the broth and it has like a non-beany taste for once.

  • S- Ladies and gentlemen, this here right now is the best one

  • Everyone always wants these. In there are these like little saggy nut sacs. Look at that

  • Can you can you imagine a saggy nutsack and it's full with stuffed white mochi balls?

  • M- Is this really the way you're describing this?

  • S- Yes, look this is a delicious marinated nutsack. M- dripping everywhere

  • S- Mmm, this is the best one so far.

  • It's got this beautiful really soft creamy mochi in the middle.

  • M-. Can I have the rest of it? S- Of course you can girl.

  • M- Are you sure? This might be too much mochi for me.

  • S- Oh, yeah

  • M- The mochi almost tastes like a gravy.

  • S- Yeah, M- I think because it's been soaking inside this like broth for so long

  • it's absorbed more of a beefy flavor to it.

  • It really tastes like a gravy that is so great. S- That was lovely

  • M- You really got to go to a place that actually makes good Oden

  • to realize that Odin is awesome when it's made right.

  • S- So we found this place one night when we were just wandering by

  • and we saw the outside and looked really inviting

  • So we came in, and it happened to be their anniversary at the time.

  • So none of the owners we're wearing pants.

  • M- You heard that correctly everyone.

  • S- Yes, supposedly that's a tradition for Izakayas if it's the anniversary don't wear pants.

  • M- no, but they were wearing the traditional Japanese sumo coverings.

  • S- Covering themselves up, but just no pants.

  • I mean, have you ever been to a restaurant with no pants? Come to Japan?

  • And go Ja-pantless

  • M- oh BOOOOO

  • *maniacal laughter*

  • M- I've been waiting to eat this piece.

  • This is actually my favorite thing to eat almost all the time

  • this is just a gigantic daikon like a huge radish and

  • when it's soaked in broth, it becomes like a magical potato.

  • I don't know how to explain it.

  • Like we have a really good baked potato or fried potato

  • it's got all those flavors soaking in it and it's so low-fat.

  • You can just eat so many of them

  • and then not be hungry and then not gain weight.

  • You know and the sweetness from the radish still lingers a bit it

  • So the saltiness of the broth like really bounces up beautifully the texture falls apart.

  • Oh man. Hey vegans. This is for you

  • soaked in fish.

  • S- I guess...

  • I mean we're thinking about you were trying.

  • Oh my god, this was supposed to be about Oden.

  • Why do we have the fried mushroom tempura? Who knows?

  • They said it was a special, so M- It's for science.

  • - we got to keep trying everything.

  • oh yeah!

  • - You know what this is?

  • S- What is it?

  • - Milt, do you remember?

  • S- Here we have grilled fugu Milt, this is the perfect season for it right now.