Hello everyone and welcome back to “eat like your anime faves,” a series where I teach you 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 some more of what you love!
Most of the time, we give you recipes that are usually a bit hands on in that it requires prep work and time. Sometimes we don’t have that luxury of time! So, for the next few weeks, we will be looking at small/side dishes. These go great in bentos and alongside other meals. Be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they are all quite delicious. They are the most popular, though, in bentos. ^^
Potato Salad from Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
What you will need:(Serves three to four people)
- Shrimp instead of ham
- You can forego meat all together to be vegetarian friendly! ^^~
- Mustard if you enjoy a nice, robust flavor.
- More corn!
How to Cook It:
1Peel the potatoes and carrots and then boil them until they are cooked fully.
2Once boiled and cooled slightly, (be careful, they are hot!) cut them into bite sized pieces.
3Thinly slice the cucumber. They should be no more than about 1-2cm thick. Once sliced, sprinkle salt on them and cover with paper towels to drain excess moisture.
4Peel and finely chop up the boiled egg.
5Cut the sliced of ham into bit sized pieces.
6Combine the potatoes, carrots, cucumber slices, egg, corn, ham, vinegar and mayonnaise into a bowl and mix it well.
7Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top and top with de-stemmed cherry tomatoes!
(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!)
Tamagoyaki from Kofuku Graffiti (Gourmet Girl Graffiti)
Tamagoyaki literally means “fried egg” but it’s not quite what most people think. It involved careful work as to not break it and a bit of skill. However, don’t let that intimidate you because Japanese people LOVE Tamagaoyaki. Almost every single bento has some Tamagoyaki in it. We are slightly bold enough to say that it’s among the top 3 items in a bento! Tamagoyaki even shows up in major holiday bento such as for the New Years Feast (Osechi). It may also surprise you to learn that Tamagoyaki is usually sweet as well. Without further adieu, let’s get into how to make it!
What you will need:(Serves three people)
- Finely chopped spinach
- Fresh, pickled ginger
- Finely chopped green and red peppers
- Grated Daikon (Japanese radish) ((see below))
How to Cook It:
1Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk in all of the other ingredients.
2Begin to heat up a small frying pan on LOW HEAT, or if you have it, a rectangular pan, and add a small amount of vegetable oil into it.
3Pour your mixture into the pan. Once you pour it in, use some chopsticks, skewers, or a small spoon to mix the center to make sure that everyone doesn’t separate. Do not touch the edges.
4Starting from the top, using a spatula, slowly begin to roll the tamagoyaki up. It should roll about 4-5 times. Be careful not to flip it over too hard or it will break and you don’t want that.
5Go very slow in the step above. I do not recommend rolling it over more than six times. It will become too thick to roll up and break.
6Go very slow in the step above. I do not recommend rolling it over more than six times. It will become too thick to roll up and break.
7Once you have rolled it up all the way to the top of your pan, or to the side because that is fine too, gently flip the entire mixture over to make sure that both sides are cooked evenly.
8It’s done! Cut into 2-3inch (5-8cm) pieces
(Note:You can grate the Daikn from above and put a small amount on top of the tamagoyaki. This is a very common and traditional way that it is served.)
(Double Note:You are dealing with both raw eggs. Be sure to wash your hands constantly!)
There you have it! We hope you have enjoyed another round of “Eat Like Your faves!” Keep your eyes peeled over the next couple of weeks as we introduce a few more dishes and then we have a big surprise to bring it all together. You’re going to love it! Well until next time!