[Anime Culture Monday] Anime Recipes! Croquettes (Ore Monogatari!!) & Minced Katsu (Rail Wars!)

Hey everyone! Welcome back to “eat like your anime faves,” a series where I teach you just how to eat like characters do in anime. That’s right; you learn how to cook real Japanese food from anime. I’m back again to give you more of what you love!

This week we take a look at a popular variation of katsu which I covered here and this week we have croquettes and minchi/minced (depending on where you are in Japan) katsu. Croquettes are almost the same to what we know them to be; deep fried something or another. This time though, they are only small variations of each other. Croquettes and Minced Katsu are only separated be the use of mashed potatoes and the fact that one is designed as a side dish while the other is designed to be either the main dish of a meal or at least half of the main dish! That being said, let’s take a look at the first!

1. Croquettes from Ore Monogatari!!

Takeo is served up these bad boys in one episode and chows down. For good reason too! Croquettes are delicious and don’t require too much work. You still have to get your hands a bit dirty though. Croquettes are an amalgamation of mashed potatoes, beef, corn, and seasonings coated in flour, eggs and panko, and then fried! One thing to note here is that ground meat in Japan is not how we know it to be in the west.

In the west, ground beef is ground beef and ground pork is ground pork. Japanese people decided long ago to splice ground beef with ground pork and call it ground meat. So while this recipe is probably calling for more ground pork than beef, feel more than free to just use one. We want you to be economically savvy while you cook!

Doesn’t that look delicious?

What you will need:(Serves three to four people.)

potatoes.
(about 6 large Idaho potatoes should do the trick.)
700 g (~1.75 lbs)

ground beef or ground pork
300 g (~.75lbs)

onion
1

carrot
1/2 large

Salt and pepper
seasoning.

Cooking Sake or White cooking wine
3 Tbsp

Mirin (Sweet rice wine)
((This is different from the cooking wine!)
3 Tbsp

Soy Sauce
3 Tbsp

Sugar
2 Tbsp

flour
1 cup

eggs
1 -2

panko
1 cup

Vegetable oil

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    Bring some water with a sprinkle of salt in it to a boil and then dice and peel your potatoes.
  2. 2

    Begin to cook your potatoes.
  3. 3

    Mince your carrot and onion.
  4. 4

    Heat up a frying pan and put a little vegetable oil in it.
  5. 5

    Cook your meat. Dab with a paper towel as necessary to get rid of excess moisture and fat.

    • Add in the onions, carrots, and all of the ◎ ingredients together and simmer over low heat.
  6. 6

    Once it’s done, turn off the heat and let it sit.
  7. 7

    Once the potatoes are done, drain them.
  8. 8

    Now mash all, yes all, of the ingredients together and push it all down in a bowl. Do this while the potatoes are still warm/hot to make sure that they will keep the meat and veggie mixture properly mixed in.
  9. 9

    Line it up on a cookie tray or cutting board and divide it into 12 parts with a spatula.
  10. 10

    While they are still warm (You need to work quickly), shape them into cylindrical shapes. Once done, now you can let them cool.
  11. 11

    Prepare your frying oil. Only use enough to submerge the croquettes.
  12. 12

    Next line up a sort of assembly line where moving away from the pan is the panko, the egg and then the flour.
  13. 13

    Roll the croquettes in the flour. Dunk them in the egg and then completely cover them with panko. As soon as this is done, drop them into the oil and fry them for a few minutes. A max for 8 minutes is all they should need if your stove/fryer is on the weak side.
  14. 14

    Once golden brown take out and rest on paper towels to absorb moisture.
  15. 15

    Hot or cold these are delicious!

(Note: If you are underage, or new to cooking, be sure to let your parent/guardian know what you are doing. You will be frying in oil. We don’t want you to get hurt!)

Yum!


2. Minced Katsu from Rail Wars!

Minced/Minchi Katsu is a dish that Japanese people love. It usually appears as a compliment dish. Katsu udon, Katsu sandwiches, and Katsu Curry are probably the most popular three. As in rail wars below, they have it laid out on a bed of rice and curry. It goes great with salads too! Katsu usually either is covered in sauce, (that literally is the name), Japanese Worcestershire sauce, or ketchup. The ingredients for Mince Katsu mirror croquettes heavily so if you can, try making both at the same time!

What you will need: (Serves three to five people.)

ground beef or pork
450 g (1 lb)

white onion minced
1

egg
1

panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup

salt and pepper
1/2 tsp

nutmeg
Dash

flour
1 cup

nutmeg
Dash

egg beaten
1

panko
1 cup

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    Mix the meat, onion, first egg, panko, salt pepper and nutmeg together in a bow. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are thick and stick together well.
  2. 2

    Divide into 6-10 pieces depending on how many you would like to make and form them into small flat disk shapes.
  3. 3

    Next, chill the patties in the refrigerator for up to 30 minutes.
  4. 4

    While it’s chilling, begin to heat up your oil to 170C (350 F). Note: you only need to heat up enough oil to submerge about 1/2 of the katsu so don’t overdo it.
  5. 5

    Coat both sides of the patties with flour, dip in the beaten egg, and then roll them in panko before placing them into the oil.
  6. 6

    Fry on each side for about 4 minutes and you’re done!
  7. 7

    Once they have cooled slightly, top with your preferred topping or sauce and dig in! Even chilled these will still be delicious!

(Note: You are cooking with oil. Be extremely careful and only use what you need! keep an eye on your oil and wash your hands because you are handling raw meat!)

If you did everything right, it should come out looking something like this!

Yum!

Here we are again at the end of this week’s “eat like your faves” article! Please tell me if I’m forgetting something or if there is a recipe you want done! I really hope you are enjoying this series. I also want to know if you are trying to cook any of these! Please tell me and give me feedback! Till next time,

Nagareboshi

Editor/Translator

Author: Nagareboshi

American by birth; international by choice. I am trying to bring attention to one of my favorite causes; me. I translate by day and write by night. Aspiring polyglot. My dream would be to be the personal translator for Amuro Namie. Other than that, my hobbies include languages, weightlifting, sleeping, karaoke, GOOD coffee and music. When I’m not doing any of the above, I am most likely laughing hysterically at Willam Belli videos or EV farming. I ain’t gunna Rupologize for it neither. Waifu are Shirai Kuroko & Euaerin.

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