Hey everyone! Welcome back to “eat like your anime faves,” a series where I teach you just how to eat like characters do in anime. That’s right; you learn how to cook real Japanese food from anime. I’m back again to give you more of what you love!
This week we take a look at a popular variation of katsu which I covered here and this week we have croquettes and minchi/minced (depending on where you are in Japan) katsu. Croquettes are almost the same to what we know them to be; deep fried something or another. This time though, they are only small variations of each other. Croquettes and Minced Katsu are only separated be the use of mashed potatoes and the fact that one is designed as a side dish while the other is designed to be either the main dish of a meal or at least half of the main dish! That being said, let’s take a look at the first!
1. Croquettes from Ore Monogatari!!
In the west, ground beef is ground beef and ground pork is ground pork. Japanese people decided long ago to splice ground beef with ground pork and call it ground meat. So while this recipe is probably calling for more ground pork than beef, feel more than free to just use one. We want you to be economically savvy while you cook!
What you will need:(Serves three to four people.)
(about 6 large Idaho potatoes should do the trick.)
((This is different from the cooking wine!)
How to Cook It:
1Bring some water with a sprinkle of salt in it to a boil and then dice and peel your potatoes.
2Begin to cook your potatoes.
3Mince your carrot and onion.
4Heat up a frying pan and put a little vegetable oil in it.
5Cook your meat. Dab with a paper towel as necessary to get rid of excess moisture and fat.
- Add in the onions, carrots, and all of the ◎ ingredients together and simmer over low heat.
6Once it’s done, turn off the heat and let it sit.
7Once the potatoes are done, drain them.
8Now mash all, yes all, of the ingredients together and push it all down in a bowl. Do this while the potatoes are still warm/hot to make sure that they will keep the meat and veggie mixture properly mixed in.
9Line it up on a cookie tray or cutting board and divide it into 12 parts with a spatula.
10While they are still warm (You need to work quickly), shape them into cylindrical shapes. Once done, now you can let them cool.
11Prepare your frying oil. Only use enough to submerge the croquettes.
12Next line up a sort of assembly line where moving away from the pan is the panko, the egg and then the flour.
13Roll the croquettes in the flour. Dunk them in the egg and then completely cover them with panko. As soon as this is done, drop them into the oil and fry them for a few minutes. A max for 8 minutes is all they should need if your stove/fryer is on the weak side.
14Once golden brown take out and rest on paper towels to absorb moisture.
15Hot or cold these are delicious!
(Note: If you are underage, or new to cooking, be sure to let your parent/guardian know what you are doing. You will be frying in oil. We don’t want you to get hurt!)
2. Minced Katsu from Rail Wars!
What you will need: (Serves three to five people.)
How to Cook It:
1Mix the meat, onion, first egg, panko, salt pepper and nutmeg together in a bow. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are thick and stick together well.
2Divide into 6-10 pieces depending on how many you would like to make and form them into small flat disk shapes.
3Next, chill the patties in the refrigerator for up to 30 minutes.
4While it’s chilling, begin to heat up your oil to 170C (350 F). Note: you only need to heat up enough oil to submerge about 1/2 of the katsu so don’t overdo it.
5Coat both sides of the patties with flour, dip in the beaten egg, and then roll them in panko before placing them into the oil.
6Fry on each side for about 4 minutes and you’re done!
7Once they have cooled slightly, top with your preferred topping or sauce and dig in! Even chilled these will still be delicious!
(Note: You are cooking with oil. Be extremely careful and only use what you need! keep an eye on your oil and wash your hands because you are handling raw meat!)