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If you’re a fan of anime and all things made from a mold, you’re going to love these recipes. They’re made from a mix of chocolate and marshmallow, and they’re damn delicious.
If you’ve ever watched an anime and thought to yourself “I wish this food existed”, there’s a good chance you’ve been thinking about the food from your favorite anime. No matter if they’re from Attack on Titan, K-On, or Love Live, there’s a good chance they’re delicious and unique. However, if you want to try one of these meals at home, it’s going to take a lot of work and a lot of time to recreate them.
You have to agree that anime cuisine looks pretty delicious, whether you’re a devoted otaku, a casual anime fan, or simply someone who’s seen their fair share of anime gifs on the internet.
When it comes to animating their characters’ favorite anime meals, Japanese animators tend to take attention to detail to the next level. Bread seems light and fluffy, steam rises from newly split omurice, and deep-fried karaage pops and crackles as it enters and exits hot oil.
It’s a fictitious sensory overload that will make you hungry at whatever unhealthily early hour you’re still binge-watching anime.
Here are some recipes for the yummiest classics (and a few unusual meals!) we’ve ever seen in an anime before you make another cup of quick noodles.
However, not all dishes are created equal. Some of these anime dishes are more difficult to prepare than others. That’s why, if you’re new to stove alchemy, I’ll rate them on a scale of 1 to 5, so you don’t light your kitchen on fire.
1. Black Butler’s Sebastian’s Chocolate Curry Buns
Reason: Chocolate Curry Buns require the preparation of two distinct items: the bun and the curry. The recipe may easily go awry for novice home chefs because to the many stages and the need for dumpling-worthy fine motor skills.
Isn’t it strange? It may even seem unappealing, but before you click away or scroll down, let’s take a closer look at this meal.
Yana Toboso seems to have created this one-of-a-kind anime cuisine especially for her Black Butler manga and anime series. Sebastian Michaelis, a supernaturally skilled demon butler extraordinaire, attends the Curry Fair at Ciel Phantomhive’s request in episode 21.
At first glance, it seems that the dish will be a disaster. Sebastian cooks his dish too hot and creates the worst naan buns ever, horrifying the show’s sole Indian characters. However, when the meal is completed, the judges are pleasantly pleased to discover that it is really very tasty.
When you attempt to cook this anime meal, you’ll have a similar experience.
One of the finest versions of the chocolate curry bun created by fans may be seen on CHEFPK’s YouTube channel. You may view the movie here and learn some fundamental culinary techniques from his entertaining comments.
2. Naruto’s Tonkotsu, Miso, and Chasu Ramen
The reason for this is because it all depends on how you prepare the anime cuisine. True Naruto ramen takes a long time to make and requires more than basic culinary abilities. If you simply want to make yourself a fast dinner, a couple of packets of Top Ramen would suffice.
Naruto, the protagonist of the anime series, is named after a character from one of his father’s favorite novels. But have you ever wondered what the Japanese word naruto means?
In real life, Naruto is a popular culinary component in Japanese ramen, not a ninja. This culinary staple, also known as narutomaki, is a kind of Japanese fish cake with a pink spiral shape in the middle created using red food coloring. The pink swirl comes from the fish paste that is formed into a cylindrical shape for narutomaki.
The anime meal that Naruto eats on a regular basis at Ramen Ichiraku is a traditional miso ramen dish.
Before you begin, go to your closest Asian market and load up on miso, nori, bonito flakes, bamboo shoots, and narutomaki, as well as Japanese flavorings like soy sauce and mirin.
Guga Foods has a more complex version of the recipe here, in which he meticulously prepares every component of this anime cuisine as if it were a Michelin-starred restaurant. He prepares the char siu, or chasu in Japanese, by hand and starts from scratch with the broth, which he then boils for four hours.
Isn’t that the chef’s kiss?
If you don’t have the time, skills, money, or any combination of the three, you may cheat and use instant ramen noodles instead.
3. Howl’s Moving Castle’s Bacon and Eggs Breakfast
Reason: If you manage to muck up fried bacon and eggs, I’m at a loss for words.
Bacon and eggs are a delicious combination. It doesn’t get much easier than this when it comes to anime cuisine.
This breakfast combination is most known for appearing in Howl’s Moving Castle, a Studio Ghibli film about a steampunk moving castle and a dream romance between the eponymous Howl and Sophie, who quickly adjusts to her new life as the castle’s caretaker. Sophie and Howl cook breakfast together in one scene, with the help of Calcifer, a fire demon who is sworn to serve Howl.
Bacon, eggs, salt, oil, and a hot pan are all you need. Before putting in the oil, start by heating the pan on medium to low heat. Ensure that it coated the whole pan without leaving a grease pool at the bottom. Allow time for the oil to heat up before adding the bacon strips and eggs to the pan. Before turning off the burner, season your eggs and bacon with salt.
The sunny side up eggs are the only element of this anime meal that might go awry. Before flicking water about the egg, keep an eye out for when the edges begin to fry and brown. Cover for 20 to 30 seconds, or until the white is cooked, before removing the cover. Don’t overcook the food. For this, you want your yolk to be somewhat runny. It all depends on how you like your eggs.
4. Food Wars!/Shokugeki no Soma/Gotcha Pork Roast
Reason: Don’t be put off by the term Food Wars! Gotcha Pork Roast may seem sophisticated, but if you have an oven and a pair of hands, you can make this anime cuisine dish in no time.
Roast Pork, Just Kidding, Gotcha Pork Roast, and Pseudo Pork Roast are the three titles for this cartoon dish.
Despite the variations in nomenclature owing to translation discrepancies, one theme runs through all of them: the pig roast is a deception.
The not-so-porky pork roast, created by protagonist Soma Yukihara, first appears in Chapter 1, Episode 1, when it rescues Restaurant Yukihara, Soma’s family’s restaurant, from being destroyed by an urban planner. Potatoes, bacon, and mushrooms are the main components.
The first two components are crucial to the deception of Gotcha Pork Roast: It’s mashed potatoes wrapped in bacon and knotted together to resemble a cheap beef wellington. To make chunky mashed potatoes, the potatoes are cooked and steamed. To produce a meaty texture, the mushrooms, which are King Trumpet mushrooms, are minced and cooked before being added to the mashed potatoes. Wrap your imitation pig roast with bacon, let it aside for 10 minutes, then knot it up before putting it in the oven.
The Babish Culinary Universe Channel’s Alvin provides an in-depth tutorial on how to make this cartoon cuisine.
5. Dango, who appears in almost every anime with a summer festival episode
The only difficult aspect of preparing this anime cuisine is locating the ingredients. The simple portions are finding the proper kind of rice flour, tofu, and matcha powder. Getting your hands on pickled cherry blossoms, on the other hand, is a another story. Not at all.
Make sure you don’t make the same mistake I made.
When Japanese individuals on YouTube say they used sticky rice flour, they’re referring to a particularly special kind of rice flour made up of two distinct types of rice flour. This Japanese delicacy is made with a combination of shiratamako, a sweet rice flour that gives the dango its chewy texture, and joshinko, a normal rice flour found in Asian grocery shops that provides the dango its stretchiness.
Dango is an anime dish that is often included anytime a show has a summer festival episode, which usually occurs around the same time as the program’s beach episode. It’s such a common anime meal for marking the passage of time that hunting down every episode in which it occurs would take an eternity.
Other kinds of dango exist, but the more popular tri-colored dango is well-known among even casual anime viewers.
The first is the traditional hanami dango, which consists of three distinct rice flour balls in green, white, and pink. You may replicate Emmy’s recipe from this video over at Emmymade. Emmy uses food coloring instead of pickled sakura blossoms in this variation. If you can get your hands on genuine ingredients, though, this recipe from YouTuber Miss Wagashi remains faithful to the original.
The following dish is mitarashi dango, a savory dango served with a drizzle of reduced sweet and salty soy sauce. Samurai Champloo, among other programs, has included this kind of anime cuisine. Use this recipe to test it out.
6. Shakugan no Shana Melon Pan
The reason for this is because Melon Pan is a very easy bread to prepare. It’s a wonderfully tasty bread that’s satisfyingly simple to prepare, whether you’re an expert baker or new to the world of baking. It doesn’t take a lot of materials, equipment, or time to make, which makes it a perfect afternoon tea time snack for your student council pals.
It’s fluffy, soft, and very simple to create.
This anime meal appears in a variety of anime episodes and films, but is most known for being Shana’s favorite snack in the blockbuster anime series Shakugan no Shana. Despite its name, there are no melons in the melon pan, and the cooking procedure does not use a pan.
Melon pan is a sweet bread that Redditor u/DrNagatochi best describes as “a sugar cookie wrapped around bread.” This is due to the fact that, in addition to the actual bread, you must also prepare a biscuit dough to cover the top of the loaf. The melon pan has a slightly crunchy outside and a pillowy inside thanks to the two-layer bread.
Because of the design of the melon pan, the melon in the name originates from there. You’ll note that the surface of this anime cuisine is crisscrossed, similar to the rough rind of delicious melons.
The step-by-step instructions for creating melon pan may be found here.
Hikari’s Surprisingly Delicious Onigiri From Special A
The reason is because there is rice. There’s a lot of seaweed. The filling is a personal preference. It’s basically a rice sandwich, and it doesn’t get much simpler.
Despite the fact that Special A was released almost 13 years ago, its renowned onigiri rice balls continue to appear in anime films and series to this day.
The onigiri was not invented by Special A. It’s a popular Japanese dish that’s often seen in bento boxes and even sold in convenience shops known as konbini in Japan. Special A‘s onigiri claim to fame, on the other hand, is Hikari, the female protagonist, and her utter inability to prepare anything that resembles food.
After losing a challenge to Kei Takishima, Hikari tries her hardest to create this renowned anime dish for him in the episode “Rice Balls and Devotion.” To say the least, the cooking procedure is a disaster. Hikari’s many culinary blunders include liquefying rice by over-washing it and punching a hole in the vessel she was washing the rice in.
Despite the fact that the rice balls still don’t taste right after many tries, Kei eats them with genuine gratitude (and, more importantly, so he doesn’t hurt her emotions after she worked so hard).
In this video, Kimono Mom and her cute cucumber-eating child prepare onigiri with four different fillings.
8. Omuri Rice, which appears in almost every anime in which the characters have breakfast.
Reason: It depends on whatever variation you choose, much as with ramen. This may be as simple as cooking a normal omelet, albeit fine motor skills are required, or as difficult as defusing a bomb.
Another anime culinary classic is Omurice, which takes Western cuisine and gives it a uniquely Japanese spin.
Omurice, also known as ketchup rice, is a fusion meal made of fried rice, scrambled eggs, and sweet tomato ketchup poured on top or used to write adorable tiny phrases to encourage the person eating it to get through the day’s hectic schedule.
Omurice may be made in two ways. The first is the more difficult form, which involves cutting open the egg omelette and letting it unroll over the rice. Fold the rice into the middle of the egg in the second, much simpler form.
The only difficult aspect of these recipes is ensuring that the egg does not break when cooking or adding the rice. To create an omelette, you’ll need to break a few eggs, but you don’t want your omelette to break before it’s ready.
For a simple version of omurice, Ochikeron offers a recipe that you can watch here. If you’re feeling more ambitious, Yoshimura-san at Ante shows you how to create this anime cuisine in expert mode in this video.
Do you have a favorite anime dish? Or maybe you have your own twist on these dishes? Please share your favorites and recipes in the comments section.
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