[Anime Culture Monday] Eat Like your Anime Faves! - Dango on a stick (Naruto) & Tamago Kake Gohan (Silver Spoon)

Hey everyone! It's been quite a while hasn't it! Welcome back to “eat like your anime faves,” a series where we teach you just how to eat like characters do in anime. That’s right; you learn how to cook real Japanese food from anime. We're back at it again to give you more of what you love!

Spring season has finally made its way to Japan, with the cherry blossoms blooming and the sun beaming with energy. We thought it would be great to provide you with some very eye catching and mouthwatering dishes that are very popular with everyone! Dango is an extremely popular snack among many, and due to its simple method of cooking it's very common to see it almost everywhere in Japan. Dango can come in various flavors, which can range from very sweet, to having a more distinct taste depending on the season. In spring, the more famous Hanami Dango (Pink,white, and green color) is seen frequently around most dango shops around Japan. Now that you have a little bit of information pertaining to dango, let us learn how to prepare and make our own!

Dango on a stick from Naruto

Naruto has become a global phenomenon and so most anime connoisseur are aware of its popularity. Food is very prominent in the series, as we always see most of the characters indulging themselves in meat buns or in this case dango on a stick. In the popular town of Konohagakure, a dango shop exists and is quite popular among the naruto cast especially Anko who frequents the store. As we stated earlier, dango comes in various forms and can be served either on its own or as a side dish to prepare you for the big meal. We will now provide you with a recipe of the spring style version of dango on a stick since we think it's a very fitting way to keep the spring fling going.
ELYAF Capture Naruto dango #1

Doesn’t that look delicious? Oooo yea!

What you will need:( Serves 1 or more people)

Glutinous Rice Flour
200 g / 7 ounces

Sugar
100-150g / 4-5 ounces

Water
proper quantity

Matcha
very small amount

Red food coloring
very small amount

Optional Ingredients:

Soy sauce, flour, colored powder (pink), rice cake flour.


ELYAF Capture Dango #3

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    Add the flour to a bowl, and add water as you go while throwing in the sugar.
  2. 2

    Wait until the flour becomes a mud like texture, then slowly knead for roughly a minute to desired feel.
  3. 3

    Once you feel the texture is to your liking, add in your coloring. Use water to mix the colors thoroughly.
  4. 4

    Apply the coloring to your batches and go from there.
  5. 5

    Wait a while, prepare your skewers, then dig right 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! )

We hope that you found this very helpful, and that you enjoy making this for all of your family and friends. Dango will always be the dish that many will enjoy because of its simple and clean taste. Be sure to add your own flare to your dango, as there are a handful of ways to create this wonderful treat! Bon Appetit!

Yum!

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Tamago Kake Gohan (Tamago Gohan) from Silver Spoon

In Japan, breakfast isn't as heavy as other parts of the world, favoring more of the light but healthy approach. Tamago or egg in English is almost always a morning specialty since it is very easy to prepare, but packs a healthy dosage of nutrients to ignite the brain. In our second recipe we will look at Tamago Kake Gohan or more simply put, Tamago Gohan. This dish can be prepared at any time of the day with any type of side dish to compliment the fresh flavor. Mind you that the egg is not cooked and is served raw over hot rice, which is a traditional style used in Japan. You can find this dish in season 2 episode 1 of Silver Spoon!
ELYAF Capture Tamago kake gohan #1

What you will need:( Serves 1 or more people )

Eggs
1 egg

Rice
desired amount

Optional Ingredients:

Black pepper, salt, Olive oil, soy sauce, Nori flakes, Shichimi (Japanese pepper powder),


ELYAF Capture tamago kake gohan #3

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    Prepare rice in either a rice cooker or microwavable rice pack.
  2. 2

    Crack an egg and lay it on top of the rice.
  3. 3

    Mix the egg in with the rice until you meet your desired level of mixing.
  4. 4

    As an option, sprinkle some nori flakes on top for a great flavor!
  5. 5

    Dig in!

(Note: You are dealing with raw eggs. If you aren't comfortable eating raw eggs, then be sure to come up with a creative method )

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

Yum!

ELYAF Capture tamago kake gohan #2
So that brings us to the end of our cooking guide. We hope that you were able to take note of everything, and that you prepare it well for family and friends. In our guide, we focused on making two very popular Japanese dishes, the very popular dango on a stick, and tamago kake gohan. We suggest that you eat them while they're fresh as they provide the best quality when at a hot temperature. Be sure to know that while our guide provides a recipe to start off with, please use your own creativity to make your dishes stand out in their own way! That is the wonderful aspect of cooking and becoming a great chef (for your spouse, family, etc)!

Until next time, for all things anime and more always keep it locked here on Honey's Anime. Have fun cooking!


Rob

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Author: Rob "NualphaJPN" B.

A passionate fan of gaming, anime, and philosophy. I do lots of graphic design, and stream a lot of games on twitch. I play fighting games competitively, as well as hearthstone. I've lived in Japan for 4 years now and consider this place to be my permanent home. I love ramen, and various types of Japanese style cuisine. Leave a comment if you enjoy my articles! Take care!

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