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! Thankfully, we have yet another unique, yet delicious selection. This one is definitely made for the 21+ crowd, but you don’t have to be of drinking age to enjoy it! That’s right, this week we are featuring “otsumami” or snacks that go well with drinks. In this particular installment, we are going with something that is best paired with beer or nihonshu aka sake. Let’s go!
Takowasabi from Takunomi
Tako is a beloved food in Japan. It means octopus in Japanese. Now while most people run for the hills at the thought of eating it, it’s actually very versatile and delicious. Octopus is in so many different dishes in Japan including one of the most famous dishes in Japan, Takoyaki. Now while takoyaki is another beloved snack, festival food, and set “otsumami,” this week focuses on octopus of a different variety; namely paired with wasabi in a sauce.
It’s not news that Japan eats seafood. In fact, a lot of Asia, Europe, and South American countries do as well. Sushi is a very common variation of it as well, as is another delicious thing called Akashiyaki. The sea creature is very high in protein as well as is balanced when it comes to calories. It is a bit high in cholesterol though, so overdoing it or binging on it is not recommended. Today, Takowasabi is so easy to make, you just mix, chill and go. Or you can chill everything and then dig in, but be prepared to start hours beforehand. Let’s see what today’s delectable dish is!
What You Will Need:
The proper and traditional way to make this is raw. So if you do partake in raw foods, be sure to make sure that the octopus meat you are buying is safe for raw consumption. If the thought of raw fish is just too much to overcome, you can cook it, but be sure to do so thoroughly. However, note that you will lose flavor and texture by doing so! Another popular variation of this dish is to skip all of the ingredients and mix it with a small amount of oil, pesto, and basil sauce to make an Italian style.
How to Cook It:
1If you are boiling the octopus, then cook it all the way through, chill it fully, and THEN you can slice it up. Ice baths are great for cooling things down quickly.
2If you are eating it raw, lay out the octopus on a plate and sprinkle salt over it. Then, wash it gently with some water until it is all clean.
3Next, simply cut the octopus into small pieces about the size of your thumbnail. No need to be massive, these should just be small bites.
4Mix together all of your ingredients and then you are good to go! If it is not super cold, then feel free to chill it for a few hours and then come back. It also goes well with cheese and crackers if you partake.
(Note: If you are eating it raw, which is perfectly safe and healthy, be 100% sure to use safe for raw consumption octopus. Otherwise, you could get sick and we would not want that! )