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 are still focusing on Bento based dishes! However we have to classical dishes that as soon as you’ve seen them, you’ll recognize them from about every single anime on the planet! First up is inari sushi from Super Sonico! Rich in both it’s deep brown color and it’s sweetness Inari sushi is something that tends to compliment any meal. Now normally, people don’t enjoy sweets in the middle of their meals, however, the nutritional value of these keeps people coming back. Not to mention the sweet, delicious flavor too! This gem comes to us from Super Sonico in the fourth episode. Without further adieu, let’s get right into it!
1. Inaru Sushi from Super Sonico.
What you will need:( Makes 16 portions)
(Deep fried tofu pouches)
- 3 tablespoons of vinegar (try to use sweet vinegar if you can)
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 tsp of salt
How to Cook It:
1Aburaage tends to be very oily, so lay them in the bottom of a strainer/colander and then pour boiling water over them to wash off any excess oil.
2Next, Start to cook your rice.
3Add in all the ingredients marked ☆ into a pot and bring it to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes on medium to medium-low heat.
4Once your rice is cooked, mix it with the “second step ingredients”: vinegar, sugar, and salt.
5Divide the rice into 16 portions.
6Drain and dry the aburaage pockets from the pot.
7Stuff them with the rice and chill.
(Note: If you are underage, or new to cooking, be sure to let your parent/guardian know what you are doing. We don’t want you to get hurt!)
(Insert image Inari Sushi - Super Sonico 2 )
2.Makimono (sushi) from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
What you will need:( Serves two to four people.)
- 1 slice of Salmon (fillings). (Canned Tuna works here too!)
- 1 Onion (fillings)
- 1 Avocado (fillings)
- A few leaves of lettuce (fillings)
- Mayonnaise, Mustard and Vinegar (for seasoning)
- Black pepper (for seasoning)
- Soy sauce (for seasoning)
- 1 sheet of sushi nori (seaweed)
How to Cook It:
1Cook your rice.
2As it cools, add in the first step ingredients of this recipe to make the sushi rice. Mix well.
3Start preparing all your fillings. Slice the avocado, onion, and salmon into thin vertical slices. Be sure to rinse the onion once it is cut. Tear the lettuce into strips.
Mix together the seasonings (to your liking).
4Next, place some saran wrap/plastic wrap on the counter top and place a sheet of nori seaweed on top of it. (NOTE: If you have a bamboo sushi mat, this will make everything MUCH EASIER. If not, you still can make this no problem!)
5Evenly place the rice on top of the nori (Note: leaving the rice an inch away from the top and bottom edges of the nori is best, so when you roll it up the seaweed can stick together).
6Place your toppings on top part of the bed of rice lined up horizontally towards the bottom. Make sure that you leave about 1cm/ 1/2in of space from the bottom to the toppings on the rice.
7Roll up the nori gently!
8Shape it if you need too. If some sticks out of one end, it’s okay! Just don’t cut that part too thin.
9Cut them as thick or as thin as you want and you’re good to go!
(Note: You are dealing with potentially both seafood and meat. Be sure to wash your hands constantly! )
If you did everything right, it should come out looking something like this!
P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for a special set of articles coming your way dealing with New Year's festivities and foods!
Till next time,