[Anime Culture Monday] Anime Recipes! Inari Sushi (Super Sonico) & Makimono or sushi (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun)

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 are still focusing on Bento based dishes! However we have to classical dishes that as soon as you’ve seen them, you’ll recognize them from about every single anime on the planet! First up is inari sushi from Super Sonico! Rich in both it’s deep brown color and it’s sweetness Inari sushi is something that tends to compliment any meal. Now normally, people don’t enjoy sweets in the middle of their meals, however, the nutritional value of these keeps people coming back. Not to mention the sweet, delicious flavor too! This gem comes to us from Super Sonico in the fourth episode. Without further adieu, let’s get right into it!

1. Inaru Sushi from Super Sonico.

Doesn’t that look delicious?
Inari Zushi - Super Sonico 1

What you will need:( Makes 16 portions)

freshly cooked white rice
2 cups

Aburaage
(Deep fried tofu pouches)
8 sheets

water
1 cup

Soy Sauce
4 tablespoons

mirin
4 tablespoons

sugar
4 tablespoons

Optional Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of vinegar (try to use sweet vinegar if you can)
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt

Inari Sushi - Super Sonico 2

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    Aburaage tends to be very oily, so lay them in the bottom of a strainer/colander and then pour boiling water over them to wash off any excess oil.
  2. 2

    Next, Start to cook your rice.
  3. 3

    Add in all the ingredients marked ☆ into a pot and bring it to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes on medium to medium-low heat.
  4. 4

    Once your rice is cooked, mix it with the “second step ingredients”: vinegar, sugar, and salt.
  5. 5

    Divide the rice into 16 portions.
  6. 6

    Drain and dry the aburaage pockets from the pot.
  7. 7

    Stuff them with the rice and chill.
  8. 8

    Dig in!

(Note: If you are underage, or new to cooking, be sure to let your parent/guardian know what you are doing. We don’t want you to get hurt!)
(Insert image Inari Sushi - Super Sonico 2 )

Yum!

Inari Zushi - Super Sonico 3

2.Makimono (sushi) from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Sushi is seen everywhere in anime. The difference here being that in America we do it backwards or “inside out” with the rice on the outside of the sushi. The nori or seaweed is actually supposed to be on the outside! Anyway, one glance and you’ll see that you know this cause it’s in every show! It looks super cute here with the heart shapes in Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, but you can tailor it to anything. No really, you can put just about anything into makimono. This time we will be looking at a sort of hodgepodge roll that Japanese people love!
Makimono – Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun 1

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

freshly cooked rice
1 ½ cups

Vinegar
1 ½ tablespoons

Sugar
½ tablespoon

Salt
½ tsp

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1 slice of Salmon (fillings). (Canned Tuna works here too!)
  • 1 Onion (fillings)
  • 1 Avocado (fillings)
  • A few leaves of lettuce (fillings)
  • Mayonnaise, Mustard and Vinegar (for seasoning)
  • Black pepper (for seasoning)
  • Soy sauce (for seasoning)
  • 1 sheet of sushi nori (seaweed)

Makimono – Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun 3

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    Cook your rice.
  2. 2

    As it cools, add in the first step ingredients of this recipe to make the sushi rice. Mix well.
  3. 3

    Start preparing all your fillings. Slice the avocado, onion, and salmon into thin vertical slices. Be sure to rinse the onion once it is cut. Tear the lettuce into strips.
    Mix together the seasonings (to your liking).
  4. 4

    Next, place some saran wrap/plastic wrap on the counter top and place a sheet of nori seaweed on top of it. (NOTE: If you have a bamboo sushi mat, this will make everything MUCH EASIER. If not, you still can make this no problem!)
  5. 5

    Evenly place the rice on top of the nori (Note: leaving the rice an inch away from the top and bottom edges of the nori is best, so when you roll it up the seaweed can stick together).
  6. 6

    Place your toppings on top part of the bed of rice lined up horizontally towards the bottom. Make sure that you leave about 1cm/ 1/2in of space from the bottom to the toppings on the rice.
  7. 7

    Roll up the nori gently!
  8. 8

    Shape it if you need too. If some sticks out of one end, it’s okay! Just don’t cut that part too thin.
  9. 9

    Cut them as thick or as thin as you want and you’re good to go!

(Note: You are dealing with potentially both seafood and meat. Be sure to wash your hands constantly! )

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

Yum!

Makimono – Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun 2
Here we are again at the end of this week’s “Eat Like Your Faves” article! How are you liking it so far? I have tried to be diverse in what I present to you, but please tell me if I’m forgetting something or if there is a recipe you want done! From cakes, to cookies, to pasta, Japanese food, and everything in between, I really hope you are enjoying this. I also want to know if you are trying to cook any of these! Please tell me and give me feedback!

P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for a special set of articles coming your way dealing with New Year's festivities and foods!

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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