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Okkirikomi (おっきりこみ): Noodle Vegetable Stew from Gunma

Okkirikomi (おっきりこみ) is a hearty, noodle soup dish popular in Gunma Prefecture (Kanto Region).

It is a simple dish which consists of wide/thick noodles simmered in a miso or soy based soup along with other vegetables.

Outside of Gunma, it can also be found in northern part of Saitama Prefecture. A very similar dish called “Hoto” (ほうとう) is eaten in Yamanashi Prefecture.

The name okkirikomi written with kanji is “切り込み”, which literally means something like “to cut, and put in”. It refers to the way the dish was traditionally made by cutting noodle dough and putting it directly into the soup.

Read on for more interesting info about okkirikomi!


okkirikomi ingredients

The main ingredients of Okkirikomi are:

  • Noodles
  • Vegetables
  • Dashi

Okkirikomi traditionally uses a wide, thick noodle made from wheat flour. There are technically no “rules” as to how thick the noodles should be, but unlike typical Japanese wheat noodles (i.e. udon), the noodles used in okkirikomi typically do not have salt added.

Various seasonal vegetables can be used in okkirikomi. There are also no rules as to what vegetables must be used. Typically, root vegetables like carrots, daikon, potato, or taro are used. Mushrooms and green onions are also often used.

The soup is usually flavored with miso and/or soy sauce. Compared to other typical Japanese noodle soup dishes, the noodles in okkirikomi are cooked/simmered directly in the soup. This results in the soup being thickened by the flour of the noodles.

Location / Where to Eat

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Wheat field of Gunma

Okkirikomi is a local dish of Gunma Prefecture. It is commonly cooked at home, but can also be found served at local restaurants.

Gunma is famous for its wheat production, thanks to its cold, dry climate in winter. Thus, many popular local dishes in Gunma use wheat flour, such as okkirikomi.

Okkirikomi can also be commonly found in northern Saitama Prefecture (which is right next to Gunma).

Depending on which area of Gunma you are in, the dish may be referred to differently. In the Nakamo and Tomo regions of Gunma it is sometimes called “niboto” (煮ぼうと).

History / Origin of Okkirikomi

The original version of okkirikomi was a dish that was introduced to Japan from China and was eaten in the Kyoto Imperial Court.

It is said that a man named Yoshishige Nitta (新田 義重), learned to make the dish while working as an assistant cook in charge of the ingredients for the Imperial court.

He enjoyed eating it, so after returning to his home state of Ueno Province (current day Gunma), he continued to make the dish, and passed it down to his family.

Around the middle of the Edo period, the dish became popular as stone mills (for making flour) became more common.

How to Make Okkirikomi

Making okkirikomi is not super difficult. Simply stir fry some ingredients, simmer them in a soup, add your noodles, and you’re done!

Of course, there are a bit more details to make it extra delicious. To make “authentic” Okkirikomi, you will also need to buy some unsalted, thick/wide noodles from Gunma Prefecture.

If you’re not in Japan though, just try to find the widest noodles you can as the Japanese/Asian supermarket, or online.

Check out the recipe below to make your own okkirikiomi at home! (Original recipe adapted from kurashiru)

Easy Okkirikomi Recipe: Gunma Noodle Stew

Course: MainCuisine: JapaneseDifficulty: Easy


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Here is an easy recipe to make Gunma’s famous okkirikomi. Feel free to substitute any ingredients you don’t like (or don’t have). Try to add other ingredients like taro, potatoes, or other types of mushrooms.


  • Okkirikomi noodles … 1 ball /serving

  • Chicken thigh … 80g

  • Napa cabbage / Chinese cabbage … 100g

  • Daikon … 50g

  • Maitake mushrooms … 40g

  • Burdock root … 40g

  • Water (for soaking) … Appropriate amount

  • Carrot … 20g

  • Shiitake mushroom … 1

  • Green onions (20g) … 10cm

  • Water … 400ml

  • Instant dashi granules …1 teaspoon

  • Seasoning
  • Soy sauce … 1 tablespoon

  • Cooking wine … 1 tablespoon

  • Mirin … 1 tablespoon

  • Sesame oil … 1/2 tablespoon


  • Prep
  • Peel the radish and carrots. Scrape off the skin from the burdock root.
  • Cut the Chinese cabbage in half lengthwise and then into 1cm pieces. Cut off the ends of the maitake mushrooms and break them apart by hand.
  • Cut the stems off the shiitake mushrooms and cut them in half. Cut the green onions diagonally into 1cm wide pieces.
  • Cut the daikon radish and carrot into small pieces. Cut the burdock root into chunks, put it in a bowl filled with water for about 5 minutes, then drain.
  • Cut the chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces.
  • Cook
  • Heat sesame oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add chicken and stir fry until it changes color.
  • Add carrots, daikon, and burdock root to pan and stir-fry over medium heat until the oil is evenly coated. Add water and Japanese-style dashi granules and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the burdock becomes soft.
  • Add the Napa cabbage to the pan, cover and simmer over medium heat for about 3 minutes until the shiitake mushrooms are cooked through.
  • When the chicken thighs are cooked through, add all the seasoning ingredients, and Okkirikomi noodles. Cook/simmer the noodles according to the instructions on the package, then remove from the heat.
  • Put everything in a bowl, and enjoy!

Recipe Video


  • If you can’t get Okkirikomi noodles, you can perhaps try some wide Chinese noodles (or make some from scratch)

Fun Facts


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Chef Goku

Chef Goku is the founder and sole operator of The Chef Dojo. He loves Japanese food, and has lived in and out of Japan for many years. He started this blog in 2018 to share everything he learns about Japanese food and cooking. He is also a self-certified Japanese knife nerd. Contact Chef Goku

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