[Anime Culture Monday] Anime Recipe: Kaitendon from Imouto Sae Ireba Ii

Hey everyone and welcome to another edition of Anime Recipes! Just in case you are new to this series from Honey’s Anime, we break down delicious dish after dish that anime presents as often as we can and show you how to make it in your home! With a litany of shows on air even now in fall, we just had to take a risk and make something with raw fish finally. And no, it’s not sushi. Today, we explore quite possibly one of Japan’s favorite foods.

Kaiten Don from Imouto Sae Ireba Ii (A Sister’s All You Need)

This is yet another instance of Imouto Sae Ireba Ii being featured as the show of example for our anime recipes series. Imouto Sae Ireba Ii is all about young Itsuki who is a light novel author, and his character of choice is a little sister. He craves on of his own. When he is not being harassed by his editor to meet his deadlines, he often hangs out with two fellow authors and a university student. One of the authors is a respectable, well-liked author who meets his deadlines while the other is a big desperate for physical attention and is pinning all of her hopes on Itsuki. All the meanwhile, Itsuki’s younger brother Chihiro cooks food for him like a shota maid. They laugh, they cry, they drink, and they make sex jokes a lot.

Kaisen don is a form of donburi or rice bowl dish, which is one of the most frequent dishes that you will see in Japan. Eventually we will do a whole series on all of the donburi–trust us, there are a lot of them–but for today, we will focus on one using raw fish! Ooooooo. Well if you have had sushi, then you can stomach this easily. And you will want to because after one bite, you will not be able to come back from the flavor feast that is going to be dancing across your tongue. Traditionally, this was a dish that featured thinly sliced sashimi on rice and that was it with a sauce to pour on and wasabi on the side. However, nowadays it is seen a lot with cubes or slices of multiple kinds of fish, eggs, shrimp and all sorts of delectable treats. Let’s explore and let your mouth enjoy.

What You Will Need:

rice vinegar
½ cup

yuzu vinegar
(optional) 2 tbsp

2 tbsp

½ tsp

Fresh fish – Salmon, tuna, yellowtail, scallions, shrimp, etc.

soy sauce
2 tbsp

1 tbsp

perilla leaves

Optional Notes:

Another common item included is fish roe or fresh fish eggs. While yes, they are delicious, putting them in the ingredients list may turn people off to the entire idea all together, so try out the recipe as is and then go for what you want! Yet another popular item is scrambled eggs that have been sliced and chilled. Try it out!

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    To start, cook your rice.
  2. 2

    Once your rice has cooked, in a giant bowl, wood is preferred, add in the rice, rice vinegar, yuzu vinegar, salt, and sugar and mix well until it is all dissolved and mixed well.
  3. 3

    Now, slice up your seafood! You can either cut it into slices or cubes and then place them into another bowl.
  4. 4

    Now, add in the soy sauce and mirin and mix well. Ideally, if you can let this sit for a few minutes, then do.
  5. 5

    Note: If you are going to increase the amount of soy sauce or mirin because you want a stronger flavor or you want to hide the fish flavor, be sure to keep it in the 2:1 ratio. Otherwise the flavor will either be too salty or not enough because one will overpower the other.
  6. 6

    Finally, slice the perilla leaves thinly and once you have placed your rice in bowls, put your seafood on top. Then decorate with the leaves, but be sure to eat them!

(Note: You are dealing with raw fish. We know that this goes without saying but please handle it carefully and be sure that you wash your hands frequently as we do not want you to get sick. )


Final Thought

While we do cringe a bit while watching Imouto Sae Ireba Ii since it goes for the shock factor every time with Nayuta, the story and the characters are amusing so we will keep watching. The food, too, holds promise so every single dish looks good and we are definitely ready to eat! You have tried sushi before but what about Kaiten don? Does it scare you or intrigue you? Let us know below! Also, be sure to let us know if you are interested in seeing a specific dish from an anime series broken down. For now, we will be glued to our screens with the delectable dishes of Imouto Sae Ireba Ii and the risqué scenes that abound. Until next time!

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Author: Nagareboshi

American by birth; international by choice. I am trying to bring attention to one of my favorite causes; me. I translate by day and write by night. Aspiring polyglot. My dream would be to be the personal translator for Amuro Namie. Other than that, my hobbies include languages, weightlifting, sleeping, karaoke, GOOD coffee and music. When I’m not doing any of the above, I am most likely laughing hysterically at Willam Belli videos or EV farming. I ain’t gunna Rupologize for it neither. Waifu are Shirai Kuroko & Euaerin.

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