From Naruto’s Ramen To Totoro’s Onigiri, A Beginner’s Guide To Popular Japanese Anime Dishes & How To Make Them

This guide brings the delicious world of anime food straight to your kitchen.

by Mallika Khurana
From Naruto’s Ramen To Totoro’s Onigiri, A Beginner’s Guide To Popular Japanese Anime Dishes & How To Make Them

In recent years, the vibrant and captivating world of Japanese anime has woven its magic across India, captivating hearts and inspiring imaginations. Parallel to this wave of enthusiasm for anime shows, another delightful phenomenon has taken hold—anime food. From the sizzling streets of Tokyo to the cosy corners of Indian kitchens, the allure of anime dishes has grown immensely. Fans of shows like “Naruto,” “One Piece,” and “Attack on Titan” find themselves drooling over the meticulously drawn bowls of ramen, onigiri, and more. Yet, while the craving to taste these authentic dishes is strong, many of us get stumped by unfamiliar names and ingredients. Fret not! With this guide, you’ll not only identify these popular Japanese anime dishes but also learn how to recreate them at home.

Best Anime Dishes To Try At Home

1. Ramen

Ramen is one of the most iconic Japanese dishes, featuring prominently in countless anime series. It consists of wheat noodles served in a savoury broth, which can be made from pork, chicken, fish, or even vegetables. The broth is often flavoured with soy sauce, miso, or salt, giving it a rich and complex taste. Ramen shops in Japan often have their own unique recipes, making each bowl a distinct culinary experience. In anime, ramen is correctly depicted as the ultimate comfort food, symbolising warmth and camaraderie. Check out this recipe by Kitchen Sanctuary and make this amazing dish at home.

2. Onigiri

Onigiri, or rice balls, are a quintessential Japanese snack, simple yet satisfying. They are made from steamed rice, shaped into triangles or cylinders, and wrapped in nori (seaweed). Onigiri can be filled with a variety of ingredients, such as salted salmon, pickled plums (umeboshi), tuna with mayonnaise, or bonito flakes. They are portable, making them a popular choice for bento boxes and picnics. It often appears in anime as a quick and convenient meal that you can make at home with this recipe by Just One Cookbook.

3. Takoyaki

Takoyaki are ball-shaped snacks made from a wheat flour-based batter filled with pieces of octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onions. They are cooked in a special takoyaki pan, giving them a crispy exterior and a soft, savoury interior. Once cooked, takoyaki are typically drizzled with takoyaki sauce, and mayonnaise, and sprinkled with bonito flakes and aonori (seaweed powder). With this recipe from Nono’s Home, make it in your kitchen and curb your anime food cravings.

4. Katsudon

Katsudon is a comforting dish that includes a deep-fried pork or chicken cutlet (tonkatsu) simmered with onions and eggs in a sweet-savoury sauce, then served over a bowl of rice. The name “katsudon” combines “katsu” (cutlet) and “don” (short for donburi, meaning bowl). This recipe by Aaron and Claire is just what you need to make it at home.

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5. Omurice

Description: Omurice is a fusion dish that brings together Western and Japanese culinary elements. It consists of an omelette made with fried rice, commonly flavoured with ketchup and sometimes mixed with vegetables and meat (usually chicken). The omelette is then draped over the rice and garnished with ketchup. For a perfect anime-inspired breakfast, check out this recipe from Munchies.

6. Miso Soup

Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup made with dashi (a broth typically made from kelp and bonito flakes) and miso paste. It often includes ingredients like tofu, seaweed, and green onions. The soup is a staple in Japanese cuisine, often served as part of a meal. In anime, miso soup is also depicted as a daily staple, symbolising home and routine. With this recipe from Sudachi Japanese Recipes, make this amazing dish that represents nourishment and comfort.

7. Sukiyaki

Sukiyaki is a hot pot dish made with thinly sliced meat, tofu, vegetables (such as mushrooms, leafy greens, and onions), and shirataki noodles, all simmered in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin. It is cooked and served at the table, allowing diners to enjoy the ingredients as they cook. It often appears in anime scenes of communal dining, symbolising warmth and togetherness. Bookmark this recipe from Champ’s Japanese Kitchen and make it for your family.

8. Dorayaki

Dorayaki is a sweet treat that consists of two small pancake-like patties filled with sweet red bean paste (anko). The pancakes are soft and fluffy, while the red bean paste provides a rich, sweet filling. Dorayaki is a beloved treat, particularly associated with the character Doraemon from the anime “Doraemon,” who is fond of them. This recipe by Chef Ranveer Brar is simply perfect for making these sweet treats at home.

Enjoy exploring and tasting these amazing anime-inspired foods!

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