Thursday, January 5, 2012

What the heck is Odeng?

One day, I happened to pass by the food court of SM City Sta. Mesa, the mall of my childhood. And then, something caught my eyes (and nose) that forced me to a halt from a hasty walk towards the elevator.

Mmmm… It smelled yummy and looked yummy. And it looked new and intriguing too.

Introducing Odeng. Tadaa!

Odeng, the smaller, is 12 pesos per stick. Odeng, the bigger, is 27.

Being the ultra-curious kind of being I am, naturally, I found myself buying a stick after asking the sales lady the question, “Ate, ano ‘to?” (English: Miss, what’s this?)


The name sounded intriguing too. And yes it is a Korean food!

One stick of Odeng comes with a half-filled cup of tasty Odeng broth and some soy sauce for extra flavor.

Odeng is being sold per stick at 12 pesos for the smaller one and 27 pesos for the bigger one. When I saw it in the mall, it is above a steaming metal box filled with an aromatic broth that has raddish and onion in it.

According to Wikipedia, Odeng is a South Korean dish. It is also called Eomuk.

 “Eomuk can be boiled on a skewer in broth and is sold in street carts where they can be eaten with alcoholic beverages, especially soju, similar to the function of corn dog stands. The broth is sometimes given to the customer in paper cups for dipping and drinking.” [Source:]

Back in Shanghai last 2010, I can compare Odeng in one of the nice-looking foods being sold in the streets. They were colorful and cute-looking. I call it the glorified version of Philippine fishballs though the former are actually soaked in flavorful broth that has to be sipped while chewing on the skewered balls.

It has no sauce too. Unlike the Philippine fish balls.

From the stick to the container, I can really call this Chinese street food the glorified version of Philippine fish balls.

Not to mention, they were quite pricey too. RMB 2.5 is almost equal to 18 pesos per stick as compared to 1 peso per piece of Philippine fishball.

Everything is at RMB 2.5. Almost 18 pesos. 

However, in Shanghai, there are cheaper versions of the fishballs. About RMB 1 or 7 pesos. But you gotta eat at your own risk!!!! Good for adventurous folks though.

Cheaper versions abound in China though. These are sold at RMB 1 per stick.

So that’s Odeng. Bow.

Address: Foodcourt, G/F SM City Sta. Mesa 

Email: markjosephdelgado [@] ymail [.] com

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