Hello everyone and welcome back to Anime Recipes from Honey’s Anime. If this is your first time with us on a Monday, we explore the delicious food that is shown in anime week by week and break down how to make it easily! This week we are leaving the comforts of Tokyo and jetting off to a place called Shizuoka. What is there? Well, trees, birds, grass, nature, oh yeah! Mt. Fuji, and of course, camping grounds. This week we are with the lovely ladies of Yuru Camp as they show us how to make something so simple, into something so delicious you will want more.
Deep Fried Onsen Tamago from Yuru Camp Δ
Whether this wholesome anime warms your heart or makes you want to go camping or neither, the food that these girls enjoy always is mouthwatering. From the ramen, to the borscht, to the deep fried onsen tamago, there is something to make you drool in every episode. So today, we are going to look at how to enjoy a twist on a Japanese favorite.
Traditionally, onsen tamago are eggs placed in a rope net and then dropped into a hot spring. Usually the water is about 70C (158F) and the eggs cook in about 30-40 minutes. Then the egg is gently cracked, and you end up with an egg where the outside of the yolk has started to harden, but hasn’t cooked fully, so when split, it is still runny. Topped with dashi (fish stock) and usually a sauce of mirin and soy sauce, this is a delicious breakfast. However, no one has time to be cooking food for that long in the morning, and rarely do people just have access to a hot spring that they can cook eggs in. That has not stopped them from adopting the onsen tamago itself though for other dishes such as curry, donburi (rice bowls), and more. The girls of Yuru Camp take the love a step further with deep fried versions of the egg which admittedly made our stomachs growl as well. So, without further ado, let’s get crackin! Or uh… maybe not until later… yeah. That sounds good.
What You Will Need:
This recipe is not terribly difficult to make, but you do have to deep fry these. As such, we recommend a small pot and maybe only making 1-2 and trying them before trying to make like six. Just be careful with the oil!
How to Cook It:
1Onsen tamago themselves are actually very easy to make. Take an egg, crack it into a microwave safe bowl, and then fill with water so that the egg is just underneath the surface.
2THIS IS CRITICAL: Using the tip of a very thin knife or skewer, poke a few holes into the yolk itself. About 5-8 spaces is recommended. If you don’t do this, the egg could explode on you.
3Now, heat the bowl in the microwave at 500 watts for about 1.5 to 2 minutes. Keep an eye on it making sure it does not get too hard.
4The water will cook the egg and it will be safe, rest assured.
5Next, begin to heat up your fryer or pot with the oil in it. All you really need, if you are using a pot, is enough to submerge about half of the egg in oil as you can gently flip it while cooking.
6Get three bowls or plates and line them up in the following order: 1. Flour. 2. Raw Egg. 3. Panko.
7To coat the egg, you need to do a 1→ 2→ 3→ 2→ 3 order. However, you need to be very gentle or you will smash the egg and its game over.
8Drain the water from the bowl with the egg and slide it into the flour, gently roll it, dip it in the raw egg, then the panko, then back to the egg, and finally into the panko again. If you have done this correctly, there should be two layers roughly of panko around the egg. This is to keep it from overcooking as well as to lock in the flavor.
9Fry the egg for just a few minutes (2-3) on each side is all you need max. Any more and the yolk could cook fully.
10Once it cools, you are ready to enjoy it!
(Note:The onsen tamago is 100% safe to eat. However, the raw egg used for frying is not. Be sure to wash up and make sure that you cook the egg all the way through to be safe. )