Some days you’ll wake up with a grumbling in your belly and practically empty cupboards. Other days you’re running out the door with a piece of toast hanging from your mouth, hoping you get to work on time. With so many delicious anime foods out there, here are some of my favourites featured on shows from our WORK FOR IT theme this August.
These make for a satisfying bento lunch or a nice quick meal at the end of a long day. Itadakimasu!
Onigiri is a staple in Japan. You’ll almost always see these compact balls of rice tucked away inside school lunches or carefully wrapped in cloth for on the go adventurers. Often filled with dried fish or umeboshi (pickled plum), you can also find them mixed with furikake seasonings. Furikake blends contain nori, sesame seeds, and come in a variety of blends available at your favourite Asian shopping market.
If your first and only exposure to tamagoyaki was in Gin Tama, I apologize. That burnt handful of ash is in no way representative of this delicious rolled egg dish. Tamagoyaki makes for a great protein addition to a cold lunch bento, alongside those carb packed onigiri and some kawaii cut fruits. You don’t have to own the long rectangular pan in order to make the dish, but I personally find them easier for rolling the egg mix.
You may recognize this last dish as the one Atsushi did a little “work for” in the first episode of Bungo Stray Dogs. When you’re in need of a quick hot meal, ochazuke is a great way to go. At it’s most basic, ochazuke is hot rice served with hot tea poured over top. This means you can dress it up any which way you’d like with the flavours that best suit your palette. Or whatever you happen to have left in the fridge.
Recreated some of these dishes yourself? We’d love to see your photos, so please share them with us.