If you watch anime, especially Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, you probably know that they have some delicious-looking dishes in the show. Are these dishes purely fiction? Or are these meals eaten in real life too? Many of the dishes are actually based on real foods, you can read more about them below!
Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma is about 15-year old Soma Yukihira, who aspires to become head chef in his father Joichiro's family restaurant. The series follows his adventures with other young chefs in the Tootsuki Culinary Academy, where food wars (or cooking challenges) brings delicious-looking meals to our screens! But this is not the only anime show where you will find tasty creations. Here are a few meals you can find in anime, as well as in real life.
This cake is a light and delicate sponge cake, made with only four ingredients: eggs, sugar, bread flour, and honey. The cake does not contain a leavening agent, and the eggs are solely responsible for the rise. It also doesn’t contain dairy, as it was an uncommon occurrence in the East Asian diet until recent times. The cake is light and fluffy, and not overly sweet. Perfect for tea time!
This ramen noodle dish is one you can easily create at home! The dish was seen on the movie Ponyo, and features ramen noodles with hard-boiled eggs, green onions, and one of Ponyo’s favorite foods: ham. Sounds like the ideal comfort food!
Melonpan is a Japanese sweet bread, covered with a thin layer of crisp cookie crust. Other countries have a similar type sweet bread. There is the Soboro bread from Korea, the Rotiboy in Malaysia, and Conchas in Mexico. These sweet biscuit-like treats are some effort to make yourself, but the payoff will be delicious!
Ochazuke was featured in Princess Mononoke, a 1997 Japanese animated war film. It’s a dish made with leftover rice or rice crackers, salted salmon, seaweed, and broth or green tea. Don’t let the simplicity of this dish fool you. It’s packed with flavor. Especially when using a Japanese broth called dashi.
You might have noticed this peculiar dish your local sushi spot. It was featured in Koufuku Graffiti, and is basically sushi rice stuffed in a pocket of deep-fried tofu. Sounds like pockets of yumminess!
Featured on Bakuman, Takoyaki are a type of dumpling made from batter with chopped octopus, pickled ginger, and green onion. It’s a popular street food in Osaka and is usually served with a salty sauce.
What dishes from anime shows would you like to try? Tell us in the comments below!