Think of the meatball stew as in Laputa: Castle in the Sky or Luffy’s bone-in meat from One Piece…
There are so many dishes in anime and manga that I would like to try. Each one of them is presented in detail, and they look so inviting. You do want to try them, just like me, right?
Especially in Japan, many anime get aired late at night, so it’s hard not to think about food when you see delicious-looking dishes in the middle of the night. FYI, this sort of ‘cruel torturing’ is referred as meshitero. Meshi is food or cuisine and Tero means terrorism. I suppose this is equivalent to the term ‘food porn’ in overseas.
This is why we created Manga.Tokyo’s cooking feature, Anime Recipes! Both anime and manga are full of amazing dishes. From Japanese traditional food to modern お菓子 (okashi – candy), we take the recipes we find in the series and cook them for real!
The first recipe is ‘Cold-water rice’ from Episode 8 of ‘Kumamiko: Girl Meets Bear’ currently on air.
Today’s recipe: how to make Cold-water rice (from ‘Kumamiko: Girl Meets Bear’ Episode 8)
What is ‘Cold-water rice’?
‘Cold-water rice’ is a combination of cold rice in cold water, eaten with salty food like pickles, miso or salt-grilled fish.
It is originally from Yamagata, Japan. This classic local dish is actually found in historic literature dating back to almost 1000 years ago, which is called the Heian Era.
Yamagata in summer is one of the hottest places in Japan. It’s a perfect dish to survive this heat.
In the anime Kumamiko, the character called Michi, who is a good cook, prepares this dish for lunch. The one she makes looks cooling and inviting.
I am Japanese, but I didn’t know anything about cold-water rice until I watched Kumamiko. I got so curious and I couldn’t resist making this!
(For one serving)
Cold rice ….. 1 Rice measuring cup (approx. 330g) [*1]
Ice cubes ….. to serve [*2]
Cold water ….. to serve
Cucumber ….. ½ [*3]
Pickled ume plum ….. 2 [*4]
Miso ….. 1 tsp. [*5]
Soy sauce ….. 1 tsp. [*6]
Bonito flakes ….. 1 pinch [*7]
Sesame oil ….. to taste [*8]
(1) Thinly slice the cucumber.
(2) Remove the stones from pickled ume. Chop finely into a paste.
(3) Rinse the rice under cold water to remove its stickiness.
(4) Serve the rice in a bowl. Add cold water and ice cubes.
(5) Top it with the cucumber, ume paste, miso, soy sauce and dried bonito flakes. Add a drop of sesame oil. Bon Appetite♪
After the first bite, the sourness of ume and the sweetness from miso fill your mouth.
The crunchy texture from the cucumber is good, and it is certainly refreshing with a cooling effect. It is a must to have sesame oil as a secret ingredient. It adds deep richness to this light summery dish. It was very tasty! On top of that, it’s even better to know that it’s actually healthy!
The eating tip is to stir everything together to mix all the ingredients and flavors…and eat it in one big bite. This is perfect for a hot summer when people tend to lose their appetite. It’s so refreshing that I could probably eat it endlessly.
It’s so easy to make it, so why don’t you try it on a hot summer day?
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