Oden reminds me of Yong Tau Fu back home and you can find oden even in convenient stores like 7 – eleven and Lawson in Japan but you wouldn’t find the same thing anywhere else though. Although Yong Tau Fu you pick the ingredients and then they are cooked in boiling water , followed by noodles or no noodles , soupy or dry to be added, this is with broth that had been boiled in for hours.
The difference with Oden and yong tau fu is the broth, while the broth for Oden is soy based, the broth for yong tau fu I think is ikan bilis and also the ingredients , while some is quite similar, you will noticed that Oden’s ingredients are not things we usually add with our yong tau fu.
Oden is usually eaten during the cooler months in Japan and in Osaka, you will find many Oden eateries. They are not only found inside a restaurant but they can be found in market places , out on the street in a street cart. I love the daikon most if I have Oden and then the fish cakes as well as eggs and tofu like things. I also like the meat kind of food that comes in the Oden , because they are so flavorful.
Oden are almost always reasonably priced but it also depends on where you eat and buy them from.