[Anime Culture Monday] Anime Recipes: Potato Salad from Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) & Tamagoyaki from Kofuku Graffiti (Gourmet Girl Graffiti)

Hello everyone and welcome back to “eat like your anime faves,” a series where I teach you 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 some more of what you love!

Most of the time, we give you recipes that are usually a bit hands on in that it requires prep work and time. Sometimes we don’t have that luxury of time! So, for the next few weeks, we will be looking at small/side dishes. These go great in bentos and alongside other meals. Be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they are all quite delicious. They are the most popular, though, in bentos. ^^

Potato Salad from Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)

When she’s not busy being a psychopath, Yuno can actually make some good food. She really does care for Yuki, and while she means well, she’s basically a psychopath as well as a true yandere. Hmm but is she a psychopath or a yandere… can she be both? Check her out in our top 10 psychopaths article (here) and the top 10 yandere article (here) and let us know in the comments which one you think she is! Or can she be both? Oh wait we are de-railing… (shot) Anyway, this delicious, mouth-watering dish was served up in episode 15. Now being from the south, potato salad is something we do right and it cannot be topped. However, once you try this you’ll agree that Japanese potato salad is different from true potato salad and falls into its own delicious category!
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What you will need:(Serves three to four people)

medium sized potatoes. (Idaho, Russet, etc.)
3-4

a carrot or about 1/2 cup of baby carrots
1/2

small cucumber or large one
1 or 1/2

hard boiled egg
1

canned corn. (Fresh is fine too and this is a range so that you can adjust it based on your liking)
2-4 tbsp

sweet vinegar (apple or white works best)
2 tbsp

ham
4 slices

mayonnaise
4 tbsp

Salt and pepper for seasoning

cherry tomatoes for topping
4-12

Optional Ingredients:

  • Shrimp instead of ham
  • You can forego meat all together to be vegetarian friendly! ^^~
  • Mustard if you enjoy a nice, robust flavor.
  • Peas
  • More corn!

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How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    Peel the potatoes and carrots and then boil them until they are cooked fully.
  2. 2

    Once boiled and cooled slightly, (be careful, they are hot!) cut them into bite sized pieces.
  3. 3

    Thinly slice the cucumber. They should be no more than about 1-2cm thick. Once sliced, sprinkle salt on them and cover with paper towels to drain excess moisture.
  4. 4

    Peel and finely chop up the boiled egg.
  5. 5

    Cut the sliced of ham into bit sized pieces.
  6. 6

    Combine the potatoes, carrots, cucumber slices, egg, corn, ham, vinegar and mayonnaise into a bowl and mix it well.
  7. 7

    Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top and top with de-stemmed cherry tomatoes!
  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!)

Yum!

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Tamagoyaki from Kofuku Graffiti (Gourmet Girl Graffiti)

Kofuku Graffiti follows Ryou and her adventures with cooking. She is a good chef and can make many things, but her problem is that her flavor seems to be lacking. One day though her cousin visits her in Tokyo and teaches her the secret to good cooking; enjoying it with others. Tamagoyaki is something that is cooked in Episode two and that’s where this recipe came to life.

Tamagoyaki literally means “fried egg” but it’s not quite what most people think. It involved careful work as to not break it and a bit of skill. However, don’t let that intimidate you because Japanese people LOVE Tamagaoyaki. Almost every single bento has some Tamagoyaki in it. We are slightly bold enough to say that it’s among the top 3 items in a bento! Tamagoyaki even shows up in major holiday bento such as for the New Years Feast (Osechi). It may also surprise you to learn that Tamagoyaki is usually sweet as well. Without further adieu, let’s get into how to make it!

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What you will need:(Serves three people)

eggs
4

sugar
2 tbsp

mayonnaise
2 tbsp

water/milk (the milk will make it more fluffy)
2 tbsp

Salt to season

Optional Ingredients:

  • Cheese
  • Finely chopped spinach
  • Fresh, pickled ginger
  • Finely chopped green and red peppers
  • Grated Daikon (Japanese radish) ((see below))

Kofuku Graffiti - Tamagoyaki 2 Eat Like your Faves

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk in all of the other ingredients.
  2. 2

    Begin to heat up a small frying pan on LOW HEAT, or if you have it, a rectangular pan, and add a small amount of vegetable oil into it.
  3. 3

    Pour your mixture into the pan. Once you pour it in, use some chopsticks, skewers, or a small spoon to mix the center to make sure that everyone doesn’t separate. Do not touch the edges.
  4. 4

    Starting from the top, using a spatula, slowly begin to roll the tamagoyaki up. It should roll about 4-5 times. Be careful not to flip it over too hard or it will break and you don’t want that.
  5. 5

    Go very slow in the step above. I do not recommend rolling it over more than six times. It will become too thick to roll up and break.
  6. 6

    Go very slow in the step above. I do not recommend rolling it over more than six times. It will become too thick to roll up and break.
  7. 7

    Once you have rolled it up all the way to the top of your pan, or to the side because that is fine too, gently flip the entire mixture over to make sure that both sides are cooked evenly.
  8. 8

    It’s done! Cut into 2-3inch (5-8cm) pieces
  9. 9

    dig in!

(Note:You can grate the Daikn from above and put a small amount on top of the tamagoyaki. This is a very common and traditional way that it is served.)

(Double Note:You are dealing with both raw eggs. Be sure to wash your hands constantly!)

That’s all there is to Tamagoyaki! Doesn’t it look delicious? Take your time with this one because if you rush it, it will just become fried eggs if it loses its shape. After the second flip/turn over though, you should have it. It’s straightforward as long as you pay attention.

There you have it! We hope you have enjoyed another round of “Eat Like Your faves!” Keep your eyes peeled over the next couple of weeks as we introduce a few more dishes and then we have a big surprise to bring it all together. You’re going to love it! Well until next time!

Yum!

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Nagareboshi

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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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