The food in the anime world always looks more appealing than real food.
We all know it, and we all think it every time we watch anime.
Thankfully, some of the dishes aren’t too complicated to make. If cooking isn’t necessarily your gift, some of the dishes are common enough that you could find them at most restaurants.
Here are 4 anime dishes you need to try immediately:
#1 – Mapo Tofu (Food Wars)
In the third season of Food Wars, Yukihira Soma enters a booth at a cooking festival. One of the nearby competitors specializes in Chinese food and chooses to serve Mapo Tofu.
Mapo Tofu comes from the Szechuan region of China. The tofu is in a red, spicy, and oily sauce resting on a bed of minced meat, which is typically pork or beef.
I tried this dish at a Chinese restaurant in a town neighboring my hometown. I was excited to see it on the menu because I am a big fan of Food Wars.
I was given the choice of either having it normal style or Szechuan, and I chose Szechuan style. I took one bite and I was instantly hooked.
The sauce was tangy, but it wasn’t overbearing. The minced meat wasn’t too tough and everything mixed together really well.
I highly recommend this dish.
#2 – Pork Cutlet Bowl (Yuri On Ice)
If you haven’t seen this anime, then I don’t know where you’ve been.
Yuri Katsuki, one of the main characters of the anime, loves to eat pork cutlet bowls and even calls them his favorite dish.
When some other ice skaters visit his home, he gives them pork cutlet bowls to eat because they’re his favorite and he’s excited to share them with others.
Pork Cutlet Bowls, or Katsu Don, gets the name from two Japanese words: “tonkatsu”, which is the word for pork cutlet, and donburi, which is the word for “large bowl”.
The dish originates from the 1920s and since then it has been eaten before important events, such as big tests or sports matches.
I tried Katsu Don at a Japanese restaurant when I was at an anime convention. I was going to order a ramen dish when I spotted this on the menu and I just had to order it.
I only had to take one bite to know this dish was amazing. The breaded pork cutlet was incredible, and the eggs and onion were delicious, especially when combined with the rice.
When I tasted this dish, it was easy to see why Yuri liked it so much. Everyone should try Katsu Don if they have the chance.
#3 Coffee Jelly (The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K)
In The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K, the main character, Kusuo Saiki, often eats coffee jelly when he’s trying to get away from everything.
It’s his favorite treat, and he could probably be persuaded to rob a bank if you just have him some coffee jelly. If you’ve seen the anime, you’ll probably agree.
Once belonging to American and British menus, coffee jelly is now a popular Japanese treat.
Most restaurants or cookbooks in Japan will have this jelly dessert. It would be easy to find this dish in a café, but you could also make it at home, either from scratch or using an instant mix.
I recently finished season one of Saiki K, and I fell in love with it. So much so that I really wanted to try the coffee jelly.
I looked up recipes and I found a bunch of them. The first time I made coffee jelly it actually turned out alright, but I either didn’t put in enough gelatin or I just waited too long to finish it. However, the first bit i tried was delicious.
When you make it, make sure you put enough gelatin in it.
#4 – Egg Drop Soup (Food Wars)
This one is probably the most common on the list.
In Food Wars, when Yukihira Soma is trying to earn a spot in a dorm, he has to make a dish that impresses the form master, but he doesn’t have many ingredients to work with.
Of course, he pulls through and makes a great meal and one of the things he makes is egg drop soup.
Egg Drop Soup is a Chinese dish that is really simple. Chicken broth is used to boil beaten eggs, and the soup often has green onions, pepper, and tofu added to it.
I’ve tried this soup twice and I love it. It’s so simple, but I’m always excited to see it on the menu because I love Food Wars.
Soup can often bring a sense of comfort to people, and this soup is no exception.
You can easily find it on the menu at many Chinese restaurants, but the simplicity of the dish would make it easy for you to make it at home.
All of these dishes are delicious, and everyone should try them at least once in their life.
What anime food would YOU recommend?
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