Here we are with another Anime Recipes, the column that teaches you how to make dishes from your favorite anime. This time we will show you how to make ‘Japari-man’ from anime Kemono Friends!
Kemono Friends is a story about Animal Girls going on an adventure in a large zoo called Japari Park. The three main characters are Kaban-chan (Bag), a girl who has lost her memory, Serval-chan, the serval cat, and Lucky Beast, the guiding robot. To figure out who Kaban-chan really is, the members go on a journey to the library.
In Episode 7, the girls finally reached the library. There, they find out about Kaban-chan’s lost memories and who she really is. I’m sure the fans are anxious to watch the next episode, but I’m also sure there are viewers who have been wondering what ‘Japari-man’, the food which appears in the anime, is made of. That’s why in this column we would like to try making Japari-man based on the information revealed both in the anime and the manga of Kemono Friends.
According to the story, there are many kinds of Japari-man, each having different fillings and buns. In the manga series, there is a scene in which a box titled ‘Japari Manjuu’ appears, and the two types in the box are ‘Premium Niku-man’ and ‘Mango-man’. Let’s try making these two kinds today!
Japari-Man: ‘Premium Niku-man’
First, let’s make the buns.
The ingredients are: 200g low-gluten flour, 100g high-gluten flour, 1 tsp dry yeast, 1 tsp baking powder, 40g sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp olive oil, 50cc milk, and 100cc water.
Mix all of these ingredients, and knead the dough thoroughly. Leave it to prove.
Next, make the filling.
The ingredients are: 200g minced pork, 1 onion, 3 stalks of spring onion, 4 shiitake mushrooms, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil, 3cm of grated ginger, and a pinch of coarse ground pepper.
Mix them together until it gets sticky.
Next, cut the dough into eight pieces, and stuff each of them with the fillings. Then, steam the eight buns.
Steam them over medium heat for about 15 minutes. After they are thoroughly steamed, draw designs on them using cocoa mixed with water.
The design on the Japari-man in this photo comes from the Japari-man which Sand Cat was hiding in the sand.
The cocoa on the outside and the pork in the inside were an unexpectedly good match and the Japari-man tasted very good.
Now, let’s move on to the Mango-man using the same recipe, only changing its fillings. Let’s try adding cocoa in the buns this time.
The color of Mango-man looks just like the color of Sand Cat! The outside design is drawn with white chocolate.
The cocoa-flavored buns and mango jam tasted great together! Oishii (Delicious)! Wa-i (Yay)!
The anime had more kinds of Japari-man, like pink and orange! It seems that each of them has different designs on the outside. On top of this, in Episode 7, it was revealed that there is a farm which grows the ingredients for Japari-man. We can assume that there are still many unrevealed types of Japari-man. How interesting!
Many of the mysteries hidden in Japari Park have begun to get solved, but have also lead to more mysteries. Fans’ discussions are heating up every day on Twitter. What is the ultimate theme behind the story of Kemono Friends? Where have all the humans gone? What are the Cerulean, the enemy of all ‘Friends’? We must keep an eye on the next episode of Kemono Friends!
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