Recipes straight from MANGA

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Cooking anime and manga often feature recipes taken straight from the plot – but do they work? I have attempted to re-create a few recipes picked out from the manga.

“Yumeiro Patissiereā€, features various cakes and desserts that can be easily created in your own home. My personal favourite is the Chiffon Cake, which is a lovely airy sponge cake with an eggy flavour. The Chiffon Cake is also useful as a base for more elaborate creations – once mastered, you can add a variety of flavours, or decorate it with fruit and whipped cream to create something spectacular.

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Step 1
Start by whisking 4 egg yolks. Add 40g sugar, 60ml vegetable oil, 100ml water in that order, and mix them in.
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Step 2
Put egg whites into a mixer and whisk till stiff peaks form.
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Step 3
Add the remaining sugar and keep whisking till combined. This will create a meringue. Make sure the meringue does not weep. To ensure that meringue is done, lift the whisk, and if nothing falls off, you are ready!
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Step 4
In 1/3 portions, gently fold the meringue into the egg yolk mixture from step 1. Take care to not over fold it, or cake will end up flat.
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Step 5
Put the batter into a greased pan and bake in a pre-heated 160 Celsius oven for 35-40mins.
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Step 6
Take the Chiffon Cake out of the oven, and test it by inserting a bamboo skewer into the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s ready! Enjoy with tea!

In the volume of “Oishinbo” dedicated to vegetables, we see the protagonist create a Kabayaki-style grilled asparagus. Asparagus is a vegetable that is highly nutritional but quite difficult to handle since it is easy to over-cook it, causing it to lose its flavour. The Kabayaki style involves grilling the asparagus over a hot charcoal grill, with a sauce brushed over it, to give it a good flavour. The sauce can be used for other vegetables as well. The fantastic thing about Oishinbo is that the manga has actual images on how to prepare the various types of food. Not everything in the manga is suitable for home cooking, but this recipe is easy to prepare in your domestic kitchen.

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Step 1
Prepare the Tare Sauce by simply adding all the sauce ingredients into a saucepan, and bringing it to boil. Not many people own a charcoal grill, so a simple grill pan on top of a stove will work fine.
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Step 2
Once that is done, turn the fire off, and have a brush handy to brush the sauce on the vegetables while it is on the grill.
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Step 3
Clean and spear the asparagus together using bamboo skewers, and place that on the pan along with other vegetables and start grilling.
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Step 4
Continue brushing the Tare Sauce on the asparagus, and constantly flip them to ensure even grilling on both sides, and to prevent them from burning.
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Step 5
Overall, it should take approximately 15mins and all the vegetables will be cooked through.
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Step 6
I served mine with a side of salmon baked in teriyaki sauce. Itadakimasu!