Anime Food Samples for the Week of June 28, 2015

What kinds of foods have our favorite anime characters been eating recently? In this special weekly feature, we sample just a few of the many dishes that have popped up during the last week of the currently airing anime season… Would you like rice with that?

Side note: Sorry for the lack of posts for Anime Food Samples… and for the blog in general. It’s been a busy time for me lately! I was away for a while visiting family and attending weddings, and now I’m in the middle of moving to another country all together!

As a result, it’s been hard keeping up with all the seasonal shows but I’m going to try really hard to continue posting at least semi-regularly… Thanks for bearing with me during this time and definitely look forward to more new recipes on the way, hopefully sooner than later :D

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“Super Spicy Mapo Tofu That No One Dares Order”

Mapo Tofu - Angel Beats 06 - 01So, after some thought, I’ve decided to revisit the post that kicked off this little anime food blog in the first place, launching me into the community of blogging, food, and anime… It’s been over 2 years since I wrote up a recipe for the “Super Spicy Mapo Tofu That No One Dares Order” featured in Angel Beats!, and while I was pleased with my work then, I like to think that I’ve improved maybe a little bit over the years when it comes to crafting recipes, cooking, and writing.

Looking back on my original mapo tofu recipe, I have come to realize that it’s just not up to snuff. The recipe is for more of a general mapo tofu dish, and it simply suggests optional ingredients such as chili oil, chili peppers, and hot sauce to make it spicy. How can a recipe that’s supposed to be “super spicy” merely suggest adding spicy ingredients? To that end, I’ve designed this new recipe using several ingredients (chili oil, hot pepper paste, fresh chilies, and even a dusting of freshly ground Szechuan peppercorn) to build up the spiciness in layers, lending more depth and flavor to this newly crafted recipe for the “Super Spicy Mapo Tofu That No One Dares Order”! Continue reading

Mapo Tofu! (The Plain, Non-Spicy Version)

Mabo tofu spicy - Log Horizon S2 17Mapo tofu (also called mabo tofu) is a popular Chinese dish that originates from the Szechuan province. These days, it can be found in a variety of Asian countries, including Japan. While growing up, it was one of my household’s staple recipes. It’s very simple to make, doesn’t take too many unusual ingredients, and can be whipped up quickly.

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The 8th Item on Yukihira Diner’s Secret Menu: Rice with Transforming Seasoning (Furikake Gohan)!

Furikake gohan Transforming seasoning - Shokugeki no Souma 02 - 08With all its complicated and creative dishes, I never really thought I would actually make anything from the currently airing anime series, Shokugeki no Souma…. But, in an unexpected twist while watching episode 2, a particular dish caught my eye and made me think that maybe, just maybe, the impossible was possible. And so, today we’ll be tackling what is known as the 8th item on Yukihira Diner’s secret menu: rice with transforming seasoning (furikake gohan)! Continue reading

Anime Food Samples: For the Weeks of April 19 and 26, 2015

What kinds of foods have our favorite anime characters been eating recently? In this special weekly feature, we sample just a few of the many dishes that have popped up during the last week of the currently airing anime season… Would you like rice with that?

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Spring 2015 Anime Season: First Impressions

Arslan Senki 02Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 03Hibike Euphonium 03Houkago no Pleiades 02Kekkai Sensen 03Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 03Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu 03Ore Monogatari 02Owari no Seraph 01Plastic Memories 03Punchline 03Shokugeki no Souma 01Show by Rock 01Sidonia no Kishi 03Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru Zoku 02

Hello spring! It’s so nice to have a new anime season paired with the warming weather… So far, I haven’t been blown away by much this season, but a lot of series have been pretty fun and light, matching the spring weather perfectly. There’s lots to look at in this first impressions post, so let’s just right in and take a look at the newest lineup of anime currently airing in the spring 2015 anime season….

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Anime Food Samples: For the Week of April 12, 2015

What kinds of foods have our favorite anime characters been eating recently? In this special weekly feature, we sample just a few of the many dishes that have popped up during the last week of the currently airing anime season… Would you like rice with that?

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