[Anime Culture Monday] Anime Recipes! - Ebi Fry (The Idolm@ster) & Bacon Wrapped Asparagus (Hanasuku Iroha)

Hey everyone! It's been quite a while hasn't it! Welcome back to “eat like your anime faves,” a series where we teach you just how to eat like characters do in anime. That’s right; you learn how to cook real Japanese food from anime. We're back at it again to give you more of what you love!

Spring season has finally made its way to Japan, with the cherry blossoms blooming and the sun beaming with energy. We thought it would be great to provide you with some very eye catching and mouthwatering dishes that are very popular with everyone! Ebi Fry (also known as Shrimp Tempura) is very easy to cook and requires very little ingredients, which is why you tend to see it quite frequently. What you do is clean the shrimp, throw on some tempura batter, and then toss them right into a deep fryer (if you have one) or a big pot with plenty of oil. Ebi Fry is often found in bentos but can also be served on their own, which is great for a friendly get together!

1. Ebi Fry from The Idolm@ster

In episode 10 of the very popular Idolm@ster series, the group of girls decide to indulge themselves in a very large set of ebi fry, which just made our palates wet the moment we saw its presentation. We're going to educate you now on how to create your own ebi fry masterpeice, so make sure to have your pen and paper ready for this one. There are a number of ways to prepare ebi fry, so please use your imagination while our instructions will act as a guide for you. With all that being said, let's hop right into the action shall we?
ELYAF Idolm@ster Ebi Fry #1
Doesn’t that look delicious? Oooo yea!

What you will need:Ebi Fry (1 person, large group)

Shrimp
7-8 tails or however many you need

Salt and Pepper
minimal amount

Flour
a fair amount

Eggs
2-3 depending on quantity

Raw Bread Crumbs
2/3 of one bag

Cooking Oil
½ bottle

Tartar Sauce
2 tsp

Optional Ingredients:

Mirin (sweetened rice wine), White Sesame Seeds, Butter, Potato Starch, Tempura Batter.


ELYAF Idolm@ster Ebi Fry #2

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    Peel and remove the outer shell of the shrimp.
  2. 2

    Rinse and clean the shrimp thoroughly under cold water using a bit of salt to remove any smells (a drop of lemon will also work)
  3. 3

    Remove the spine of the shrimp using a small knife, or toothpick. After this, cut off the tail diagonally to straighten out the shrimp. Slicing the stomach of the shrimp can also help.
  4. 4

    Rinse again under cold water, dry, then season with salt and pepper.
  5. 5

    Use a whisp to whip the eggs to prepare the coating, then drop all of the shrimp into the bowl making sure to coat the entire body.
  6. 6

    Drop your coated shrimp into your bread batter making sure again to coat the entire body of the shrimp. Adding a bit of butter to the batter will provide a more brown exterior and better flavor.
  7. 7

    Throw all of the shrimp into a large pot of cooking oil, and cook until golden brown.
  8. 8

    Wait a while, prepare your tartar sauce, then dig right in!

(Note: Serves 1 or more people. )

(Double Note: Wash wash wash your hands! You are dealing with raw seafood and eggs. )

We hope that you found this very helpful, and that you enjoy making this for all of your family and friends. Ebi fry is certainly an eye catcher in the spring, so we recommend adding it as a side dish to your main course. Tartar sauce is the very popular choice for dipping, but if you want, try and find a dip that compliments the flavor and be open minded with it! The best time to eat ebi fry is just minutes after cool down, as you get to take in all of the juiciness soaking out of the shrimp! Bon Appetit!

Yum!

ELYAF Idolm@ster Ebi Fry 2

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus from Hanasuku Iroha

There's just something so eye catching about the very popular Bacon Wrapped Asparagus. The simplicity behind wrapping a vegetable around mouthwatering bacon just makes our stomach's roar with excitement. In episode 4 of Hanasuku Iroha, we see that preparing this dish is very easy and with a little extra creativity you can add some more flare to it's appearance. You'll almost always find this in bentos or at small get-togethers such as the very popular Hanami in spring!
ELYAF Hanasuku Iroha Bacon Wrapped Asparagus #1

What you will need:

Bacon
8-10 slices

Asparagus
8-10 pieces

Olive Oil
1 tsp

Salt and Pepper
desired amount

Optional Ingredients:

Butter, Cheese, vegetable oil.


ELYAF Hanasuku Iroha Bacon Wrapped Asparagus #2

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    Rinse the asparagus under cool water and then cut off the hard ends. For a little extra flavor, coat the cut asparagus with melted butter (using a small brush is essential) while you prepare the bacon.
  2. 2

    Sprinkle your desired amount of salt and pepper on the asparagus.
  3. 3

    Prepare a cooking sheet and lay the bacon, sprinkling them with pepper.
  4. 4

    Place the asparagus on top of the bacon and begin wrapping.
  5. 5

    Throw into a heated pan with your olive oil (whatever oil you prefer), making sure to flip the wraps to have a nice browning on every side.
  6. 6

    Wait a few minutes after cooking, then serve with a nice glass of your preferred beverage!
  7. 7

    Eat!

(Note: Serves 1 or more people. )

(Double Note: You are dealing with cooking and heat so be very careful and be sure to let a parent/guardian know what you are doing! )

If you did everything right, it should come out looking something like this!

Yum!

ELYAF Hanasuku Iroha Bacon Wrapped Asparagus 2
So that brings us to the end of our cooking guide. We hope that you were able to take note of everything, and that you prepare it well for family and friends. In our guide, we focused on making two very popular Japanese dishes, the ebi fry and bacon wrapped asparagus. We suggest that you prepare these as side dishes during dinner time, but also making it during small gatherings as bite sized snacks! If you enjoyed our wonderful article, be sure to leave us your comments down below, and also share some of your favorite dishes as well! You never know, we may showcase it someday!

Until next time, for all things anime and more always keep it locked here on Honey's Anime. Have fun cooking!


Rob

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Author: Rob "NualphaJPN" B.

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