Whether it’s placed on top of soup noodles, rolled up in maki, presented as an appetizer, or served as the main course in a meal, tempura is a very versatile and delicious addition to any Japanese meal. Surrounded in a deep fried batter that is light and crispy, tempura can be made using vegetables as well as fish, and is commonly seen on Japanese restaurant menus both in Japan and abroad. But, you don’t have to always go to a restaurant to eat this! Tempura can definitely be made at home with lots of success! Continue reading
When the cold winter winds blow and it seems like summer will never come again, there’s nothing like filling the home with the always heartwarming and crazy delicious wonder that is sukiyaki. Some cross between a soup and a stew, sukiyaki is basically thinly sliced beef, tofu, noodles, Asian mushrooms, and a whole ton of vegetables simmered in a sweet and salty saucy soup. When the ingredients are cooked, they are picked out of the simmering liquid, dipped in a raw, beaten egg, and then eaten with a bowl of rice. Continue reading
A little late, but here’s this season’s first impressions! It’s just a hand full of shows this time (only about half of my usual amount!)… Compared to the less than stellar summer season, I’m finding the fall season to have several enjoyable series that show plenty of promise. Some are taking longer to get going than others, but hopefully they’ll find their footing and continue progressing. But, of course only time will tell how good they will really be. Here’s hoping for a good season!
I’m following a few other shows this season, other than the ones listed here, and depending on how I like them, may end up added to my final impressions post later this year. But, until then, enjoy my first impressions of the Fall 2013 anime season! Continue reading
When it comes to noodles, udon is one of my favourites: thick, smooth, and full of flavour and plenty of bite, they’re super satisfying in a way I haven’t encountered in other types of noodles. I love eating udon a variety of ways, whether it be in piping hot soup, cold and dipped in sauce, or stir fried with meat and vegetables. And, now that we’re well into the fall season of cool and crisp weather, I thought that this would be a perfect time to share the wonders of udon with you!
On the anime food landscape, udon pops up with a regular frequency, usually in the form of soup noodles garnished with all sorts of toppings, from softly poached eggs and crispy tempura, to triangles of aburaage (deep fried tofu skin) and piles of diced green onions. But, while there’s plenty of instances of prepared udon dishes, what about making the noodles themselves? Continue reading
This is just a quick notice to say that tomorrow I’ll be flying to Tokyo, Japan for a very special trip to visit my new niece! She was just born last month and I cannot wait to finally meet her! I’ll be meeting up with my parents and together we’ll all be traveling around Japan together, seeing some of the sights and, of course, sampling plenty of the local cuisine!
I will be away for the next 3 weeks, and sadly, I don’t think I’ll be able to update the site while I’m away, at least not with any new recipes! But, I’m sure that this trip will provide me with plenty of culinary inspiration that will in turn help improve my own cooking.
So, what kinds of recipes can you look forward to when I get back?
- Well, how about udon noodles made from scratch?
- Or, the ever popular strawberry shortcake?
- Perhaps tacos would be more your style?
- Want something more traditionally Japanese? How about tempura?
I hope you’ll pay Itadakimasu Anime! another visit at the end of October for a host of new content…. Check my twitter feed for quick updates on what I’ve been up to, and have fun exploring the recipes that are currently up on the site!
Until then, enjoy the start of the fall anime season and happy cooking!
So here we are again…. at the end of another anime season. It sure goes by quickly! And, this time, I’ve got plenty of series that I followed to the (sometimes bitter) end, including two 2-cour shows that have at last ended this fall. Overall, I found the summer season to be a mixed bag, with a number of good (but not very great) series, plenty of series I could have done without, and some potential gems.
A total of 12 shows will be reviewed here. Some are missing because either I didn’t have time to write up a review and/or I haven’t seen the final episode yet due to my impending trip to Japan. I’ll be filling in this post with the remaining series as soon as possible. Continue reading
I can’t even begin to count the number of times I have seen “McRonalds”, “WcRonalds” (or some equivalent) or “Max Burger” (a play on Mos Burger, a popular fast food hamburger chain in Japan) featured in anime… All those scenes of cute high school girls, groups of best friends, and the just plain hungry hanging out in burger joints and eating big, delectable looking hamburgers full of cheese, tomato, lettuce, and smothered in all sorts of yummy sauces never fails me make me hungry….
Most recently, I caught some really great scenes involving hamburgers in K-On!, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika, and Paprika, but the funniest use of hamburgers in recent memory can be found in Hataraku Maou-sama, episode 10, where the size of a giant double patty burger and flat single patty burger are used to compare Emi and Chiho’s breast sizes for maximum comedic effect…. Continue reading