Tasting the Sweetness and Lightening of Homemade Meat Gyoza

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A fair warning to those of you who decide to venture into the delicious world of homemade gyoza: You will be forever ruined once you make or taste homemade gyoza. All other store bought, commercial gyoza will no longer satisfy you. That’s how good homemade gyoza is. You have been warned. Continue reading

A Taste of Home: Making Wonton and Finding Your Family

Wonton - Ping Pong 06The moment I saw this episode of Ping Pong: The Animation, I just knew I had to share this amazing recipe with everyone who reads my little recipe blog… Not only is episode 6 my favorite of this little sports series that stole so many hearts in the spring 2014 anime season, but it also features one of my favorite meals: homemade wonton! Continue reading

“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.

In anime, mapo tofu is seen every so often, though its most famous appearance is probably remembered from episode 6 of Angel Beats!. Continue reading

Vegan Gyoza: A New Twist on a Delicious Favourite

Gyoza - Natsuyuki Rendezvous 02 - 01Now that the rush of writing my first impressions for the Spring 2014 anime season is over, I can finally go back to posting recipes… and this time, I’ve got one that is quite the production to make: vegan gyoza!

Crisp on the outside while soft and juicy on the inside, gyoza is a common food item that is often served as a side dish in ramen and Chinese restaurants all over Japan. With a wonderfully savoury flavour, this popular appetizer is often filled with a mix of minced pork, cabbage, Chinese chives, and garlic, and is generally dipped in soy sauce seasoned with rice vinegar and chilli oil. Continue reading

From Kissing Games and Parfaits to Snack Time and Monster Fighting, Pocky Must be the Most Exciting Snack of Them All…

Pocky - Kampfer 07 - 02Pocky is one Japanese sweet that pretty much everyone knows about. It’s widely available in convenience stores, super markets, and the like all over the world, and comes in an assortment of decadent flavours, from classic chocolate to the more exotic green tea.

Essentially a thin, stick-like biscuit covered in a layer of chocolate, pocky is crunchy, a bit sweet, and borderline addictive to eat. It also has a chocolate-free section on one end that serves as a very convenient handhold that will keep your fingers nice and clean! Continue reading

It’s time for a police stake-out… Anpan style! (Just don’t go crazy like Yamazaki)

Anpan - Gintama 205 - 04When it comes to a stake-out in anime (police or otherwise), there are some essential tools required to get the job done right… A car with tinted windows, binoculars, a disguise, and listening devices might come to mind, but what cannot be left out under any circumstances, if you’re trying to be an authentic detective, is the ever important and ever present carton of milk and convenience store anpan! Continue reading