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'll learn how to cook real Japanese food from anime. I’m back again to give you more of what you love!
This time I tried to really think about what would be perfect for this season. Usually Nabe, or hot pot, is something that is cooked and consumed at the table where you eat. Essentially, you flash cook meat and veggies in a soup base that you prepare beforehand. You cook the veggies and meat in the soup for a few minutes, and then you dig in. It’s actually quite simple. The prep work takes a bit, however, the cooking is rather quick. Nabe is the perfect dish for fall and winter since it warms you right down to the core.
Miso Base Nabe from Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
Doesn’t that look delicious?
Miso Base Nabe: (4 people)
Optional ingredients include:
Daikon (Japanese radish), radishes, Sweet onions (Vidalia), potatoes, freshly sliced ginger, aburaage (thinly cut, deep fried tofu slices) or a second meat. Spicy food lovers can add in Kimchi and Doubanjiang (Spicy bean paste) as well!
For the soup base you need:
- 3 tbsp of Miso paste. (Red, white, or a mix is acceptable)
- 1 tsp of Soy Sauce
- 10 grams of chicken stock powder (cubed is fine too)
- 1 clove of garlic
- 5.5 cups of water.
How to Cook It:
1Prepare all of your vegetables by washing, peeling and then chopping them into bite sized pieces. Mince the garlic for the dish and set to the side.
2Pour the water into a low, wide-set pot. A normal pot will work just as fine.
3Bring the water to a boil.
4Add in all of the ingredients for the soup base, stirring constantly until all of the miso paste has dissolved.
5Next, add all of the ingredients to the pot, starting with those that take the longest to cook. Potatoes (If you use them):
carrots meat mushrooms cabbage leeks tofu onions
6Cook for about 10 minutes.
7When everything is cooked through, turn off the heat and stir in the minced garlic from Step 1.
(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! )
Okonomiyaki from Kuroko no Basuke
Okonomiyaki: (3 people)
These are the ingredients for traditional Okonomiyaki. Many people are squeamish about handling squid. If this is you, please feel free to sub out the squid for more pork. You can always use shrimp, scallops, octopus, sliced ham or bacon.
How to Cook It:
1Start out by washing and slicing your cabbage. Set to the side in a bowl.
2Pour the flour, chicken stock granules, bonito flakes and salt into a bowl and mix together with a fork. Pour in your water and mix well till there are no lumps left.
3Grate the yam or potato. Pour it into the mixture.
4Finely slice the scallion. Cut the pork and squid up and mix all three items into the batter and mix well.
5Finally, add in the panko or tempura flakes and eggs to the batter. Mix it in, but don’t mix until smooth. Just enough to start to blend everything together and break the yolks.
6Begin to heat your frying pan and coat it with some non-stick spray or oil.
7Once the pan is heated, pour in about 1/3 of the batter. Cook for about 7-5 minutes until it starts to turn golden brown.
8Flip the okonomiyaki over and cook for another 5-7 minutes until FULLY COOKED THROUGH.
9Cook the remaining two-thirds of the batter to make two more okonomiyaki.
10Top with the Japanese Worcestershire Sauce, followed by mayonnaise in a lattice. Top this with the bonito flakes and aonori.
(Note: You are dealing with both raw seafood and raw meat. Be sure to wash your hands constantly as well as thoroughly cook the pancake through! )
If you did everything right, it should come out looking something like this!
Till next time,