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Anime Food • All the Luscious Recipes from your Favorite Anime

Written by Luisa Davis on . Posted in food

Ever wanted to try anime food in real life? It’s not just kids who are inspired by anime; you may have glanced fleetingly at the TV and wondered about the food on-screen. You will find that, when you follow your curiosity, only good things will follow.

Food used by animated characters often catches the eye, especially for kids. Every parent faces the opportunity to recreate such food at home. Japanese animated series in this regard offer a wide range of food and recipes that look unbelievably tempting.

If you are not familiar with Japanese cuisine, these anime series will introduce you to different recipes. I myself came to know about many delicious recipes through anime food. The delightful looking anime dishes can be as real as you imagine, and they look equally inspiring in real life, given that you make them using a traditional Japanese recipe.

There are several Japanese anime which show a variety of meals, but it is impossible to cover them all, so we will be discussing the most popular ones. Dragon Ball Z, Pokémon, Naruto are a few of the anime that are famous even outside Japan. Kids of all ages just adore these cartoons, and so they love to have cute anime food. Let’s delve into the world of Japanese anime food and find what good it can bring to our tables.

Your favorite Anime Dinner Recipes

For dinner, we can take much inspiration from anime food. Let’s see what can we find on the menu:

Karē Raisu: This is the traditional rice and curry recipe, which is often seen in many Japanese cartoons, Naruto and Dragon Ball Z included. The history of curry rice in Japan is quite old, but today it is still as popular as ever.

The curry is made with beef mixed vegetables like carrots, onion, and potatoes. The curry is cooked with sweet and savory sauces along with varying spices levels. When the beef is fully cooked and tender, the curry is served on top of plain white rice.

Katsudon: If you have seen Yuri on Ice, you will probably be familiar with this one. The pork cutlet bowl is famous for its rich, loaded, appealing look in anime. It waters your mouth when you see that bowl filled with rice, eggs and topped with fried pork cutlet tonkatsu.

You prepare the cutlet separately by dipping the pounded pork steak in the flour, crumbs, and eggs mixture. These cutlets are deep fried until they turn crispy. Plain whites with scrambled eggs are served along with these cutlets. This single bowl can offer you a good number of calories and all the macronutrients in complete balance.

Mostly it is all proteins, making it a perfect entree.

Gyoza: When you pair the meat with vegetable stuffed dumplings, you get some great Gyoza. Gyoza is famous in Japanese cuisine because of its filling taste. It originated in China, then became a staple in Asia. The main ingredients of this recipe include minced pork, cabbage, chives, and green onion. The dumplings are stuffed with mixed vegetables. Then these dumplings are steamed or fried before being added to the minced pork.

Karē Pan: Another anime series the Black Butler blessed us with an inspiring sight of kare pan, which is a curry bun. The rounded bread is filled with a saucy curry filling.  The curry is itself popular in Japan which is made of minced meat, carrots, and potatoes.

The vegetables are finely chopped. The minced meat is mixed with vegetables to form a patty which is coated and fried with breadcrumbs coating on the outside. Due to its nutritional value, these curried balls are best served as an entrée or as a side meal.

Anime Breakfast Recipes

Next to dinner, the most important meal of the day is breakfast. So, let’s look at some inspiring breakfast recipes from different anime series. Here are some of the most commonly found breakfast dishes which include eggs and vegetables.

Okonomiyaki: Here is a pancake you might have not tried before. Okonomiyaki is a cabbage pancake which is topped with a special Worcestershire mixed sauce. The cabbage batter is made with cabbage and onion which is layered with other ingredients after cooking. These pancakes are cooked on a heated griddle pan.

The pancakes are topped with all the ingredients used in nori recipes including sliced meat, roasted seaweed, and Chinese yams. All these ingredients are tossed into a sauce.

Taiyaki: This recipe comes from the traditional Japan cuisines. The fish shape bread is made using the pancake-like batter. Once the batter prepared, it is poured into a fish-shaped mold and baked until golden brown.

The best part about this bread is the filling: adzuki bean paste. This makes this bread mildly sweet and soothing. Today there are new varieties of this bread available which are stuffed with different fillings. This combination makes a healthy and rich breakfast for a kicking start.

Tamagoyaki: Tamagoyaki is one famous Japanese recipe which is often seen in various anime. It is made using a rich egg batter. The eggs are pan-fried and rolled into a log. The rolled egg omelet is sliced into thick pieces and served directly or over a bowl of crispy rice. The egg is rolled in such a way that its forms fluffy egg layer.

The Ghatourmet Girl Graffiti is one popular tv anime series which shows dashi tamagoyaki a couple of times. This egg roll has been a common sight in many other anime, including Naruto, Pokémon, and Dragon Ball Z. The roll batter is seasoned with sweet and savory seasonings, and a bit of sauce and herbs can be used to make the batter more soothing to taste.

Omurice: Omurice is the fluffiest omelet you can find on the Japanese menu. The yellow mound of egg omelet crepe stuffed with sauce meat is topped with zig zag patterns of tomato sauce on top. That is one familiar sight from all our favorite Japanese cartoons.

In Hanasaki Iroha, the character minko Tsurugi also prepares this delicious recipe along with her class fellows. From there it became an inspiration, and the recipe became popular elsewhere.

Recipes from your favorite anime series

Luscious Dragon Ball Z Food

Dragon ball Z is probably the most famous Japanese anime series. As its cartoon characters gained popularity, so did its food.

There are a number of recipes shown, but to keep it concise, we will dig into the most popular ones out of the Dragon ball Z food collection. These series gives you one of the best anime noodles recipe of all time, the Japanese ramen and the best sticky rice meal, named onigiri.

Onigiri: Perhaps the one Japanese recipe everyone is familiar with. The nori-wrapped rice balls that you see your favorite characters from Dragon ball Z eating is actually onigiri. These balls are commonly served at every local restaurant and household in Japan. The rice ball is stuffed with salted salmon or pickled plums.

On the outside, the balls are packed partially in a nori seaweed wrap. Sticky white rice is used to make these balls. The stuffing is coated with a thick layer of sticky rice and then placed on a small piece of the nori sheet, which is wrapped around it.

Japanese Ramen: It’s not just Dragon ball Z where you can see various characters enjoying a bowl of ramen soup. Indeed, it can probably be seen in any anime more than once. A bowl filled with soup, ramen noodles, and boiled sliced eggs, ramen soup has all the nutrient-rich ingredients providing lots of proteins and high calories.

Vegetarian ramen is prepared by using tofu chunks, while the main deal is usually cooked with all sorts of meat including chicken, pork and sometimes even beef. If you are planning to try this recipe on your own, then here is a list of all the ingredients used to make a warming bowl of anime soup: Japanese Ramen.

  • 3 cups chicken/vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 375-gram ramen noodles
  • 400 g cooked chicken or tofu
  • 100 grams of spinach leaves
  • 4 tbsp corn kernels
  • 2 hardboiled eggs peeled and halved

The chicken is first sautéed in a wok along with garlic mince, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Keep this chicken aside once it turns golden brown in color. The noodles are boiled as per the given instructions on its packet. Drain these noodles and set them aside for a while. Meanwhile, add soy sauce, chili powder, ginger, garlic, and five spices to the boiling stock.

Once it is done, transfer the soup to the serving bowls and top them with sautéed chicken, boiled egg, spinach leaves, and corn kernels. If its tofu ramen, sear the tofu cubes instead of the chicken. Enjoy immediately when it is still warm.

Naruto Food to Enjoy

Naruto is everyone’s favorite be they kids or adults. The storyline follows a character Naruto Uzumaki. This anime series has been going for the last ten years, and it has introduced us to more Japanese recipes than we could ever find in a restaurant menu.

You can’t mention food in the Naruto series without talking about Naruto’s favorite Ichiraku ramen. We’ve previously discussed the Japanese ramen recipe, so we’ll discuss other tasteful delicacies from the series. Here are some of the top-notch recipes from this series:

Yaki Dango: Yaki Dango- the best of all anime snacks, has become a popular street food in Japan. These are sweet and savory, fluffy balls are made of special rice flour batter. The batter is cooked in forms of small dumplings which are known as mochi balls.

These dumplings are soaked in a sugary sauce which is a mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar syrup, and red bean paste. The mochi balls are first skewered on wooden sticks, and then the sauce is liberally poured on their top.

Yakiniku: The Yakiniku is a meat recipe. It is a flat grilled meat dish which is served with sautéed vegetables. The recipe comes from a Korean origin, and it is served as a great barbecue recipe. The charcoal grilling gives the meat a dry and crispy texture. The meat fillets or slices are seasoned with a sesame and mirin sauce; it is marinated and then grilled until al dente.

If you are looking for a quick and easy indoor barbecue recipe, then Yakiniku is the option you should pursue. It is simple, yet tastes heavenly.

Fuel up with your favorite Pokémon Food

Pokémon inspired food is everywhere these days, from special theme parties to casual get-togethers, Pokémon shaped muffins, cakes, snacks are served so many places. But the food from the anime itself is entirely Japanese in content. The cartoon itself shows a variety of traditional Japanese recipes, and among them the most commonly used is Takoyaki.

Takoyaki, the famous Japanese food snack, is casually served at every corner shack in the country. These are brown colored savory balls, which are topped with white sauce. The balls are cooked from a thick pancake-like mixture. The batter is dropped into molds, and then they are baked or steamed. This batter varies in its content; it can be made from seafood or using vegetables.

Conclusion

In short, Japanese anime opens a world of options for all of us. We can get to enjoy not just an interesting storyline, but by taking notes from anime meals, we can also diversify our cooking menu. Add any of the delicious recipes discussed above and feel like your favorite character already. Surprise your family and kids with similar looking anime recipes and turn their imaginations into reality.

Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis is a frelance writer and foodie based in Portland, California. Though raised on her mother's homestyle Italian cooking, she has spent most of the last five years traveling and immersing herself in other countries' cuisines. Her work have been published in various publications, both online and offline.

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