[UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2016 - ODEN HOUSE HAS MOVED TO SUSSEX CENTRE FOOD COURT - SEE HERE)
It's a tiny restaurant with room for only a dozen or so bums on seats. They wisely offer a 10% discount at lunchtime to encourage more takeaway trade. Oden House kinda looks like a chain store but it has a warm family vibe to it, complete with auntie.
Stewed chicken bento - $9.80. The only Taiwanese chicken drumstick in town that reminds us of the stuff we tried in those beloved economy rice joints in Taiwan. It's firmly but gently flavoured, and backed up very nicely with some surprisingly super yum Chinese cabbage, which we must figure out how to cook (gently stirfry with a little garlic and a smidgeon of sugar wethinks). And there's a bit of mapo tofu with the odd slight chili kick. This dish is one of Mr Shawn's all time favourites in Sydney.
Slow cooked beef noodle - $9.50. Taiwanese beef noodle soup is another of our all time favourite dishes. We love how it varies quite a bit from resto to resto. This version is rich and meaty with thick udon-esque noodles with little, if any, pickled veggie kick. Perfect on a winter day. Happy happy!
Salt'n'pepper mushroom bento - $9.50. Nice hunky chunks of mushrooms battered and deep fried, with the usual sides.
Braised pork noodle soup - $9.50. A few big chunks of fatty meaty pork belly made extra rich by braising in (we guess) soy. The cabbage tastes just as awesome in soup as it does in the bento.
Slow cooked lamb noodle soup - $9.50. Tender fatty lamb ribs in a strong meaty lamb-y broth.
Fried chicken wing bento - $9.80. Taiwanese fried chicken is always good, there's always a bit of magic in the batter, if not a pinch of plum powder. Four wings and rice is surprisingly filling.
Oden House is at 605-609 George Street, Sydney - actually on Goulburn Street, next to the corner of George and Goulburn Streets.