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 have two more essential bento fillers for you all out there. One is a classic and the other is for those who have a trained eye and can point it out. Octopus wieners are not what you think they are. They are not sausages or wieners made out of octopus meat. They are just sausages cooked in small pieces and cut specially to make it look like they are octopi. Goma-ae on the other hand, is a very healthy dish that has shown up multiple times in bento, but because it’s not a major component but a side dish, it doesn’t get as much fame as it should. Both dishes are super easy to make and you’ll love them! Without further ado, let’s get started!
1. Octopus Wieners from Sailor Moon
What you will need:(Serves four people.)
- Sesame seeds
How to Cook It:
1Begin to heat a fry pan to medium heat. Pour in a bit of cooking oil to coat the bottom.
2If you are using longer hot dogs or wieners, cut them in half. They need to be about 8-10 cm (3-4 in) long.
3On the side now of your half wieners where you cut them in half, cut either a plus sign (four legs) or an asterisk (six legs) into the bottom of the wiener. Make sure that you do not slice more than half of the length of it or it can fall apart in cooking.
4Being to load them into the frying pan slowly. Use tongs or cooking chopsticks to move them around.
5Cook them for shorter times if you don’t want to cook them for long, or cook them till the ends, the legs, begin to curl upwards. Once they have done that, you’re done!
6Chill them and decorate by making eyes with sesame seeds.
7Dig in while they are still hot or eat them once they have cooled a bit.
(Note: If you are underage, or new to cooking, be sure to let your parent/guardian know what you are doing. You will be using a knife! We don’t want you to get hurt!)
2. Sesame Sweetened Spinach (Goma-ae) from Ben-to
The technical term for what goma-ae is called is Osozai. This means “side dish.” Usually, as stated above, bento are a variety of small things put together around 1-2 major items like onigiri, ebi fry, etc. Goma-ae is delicious and actually is very healthy for you to eat! You can see it in the middle of the bento in the picture!
What you will need: (Serves three people.)
How to Cook It:
1Grind the seeds in a mortar and pestle. Grind them just enough to make them break.
2Next, combine all of your liquid ingredients along with the sugar into a bowl with a sesame seeds.
3Wash/Rinse your spinach.
4Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the salt in.
5Place the spinach leaves or stems, stem first into the water and cook for only 1-2 minutes. You don’t want it to wilt all the way!
6Drain the Spanish now and place the spinach into a bowl of cold water till it is cool.
7If you are using just spinach leaves, you can skip the next step unless they are big.
8Line up the spinach on a cutting board and cut them into 5cm (2in) long chunks.
8Put the spinach into the bowl with the other seasonings and mix it.
(Note: You are dealing with both raw seafood and raw meat. Be sure to wash your hands constantly as well as thoroughly cook the pancake through!)