It’s still winter here, and nothing beats cold winter weather than some warming comfort food. As an avid anime fan, I came across a great little (well, not so little anymore) sports anime called Yuri!!! On Ice. It was recommended to me via twitter from several friends, and so I figured I should check it out.
The story focuses on Yuuri Katsuki, a professional ice skater who has just flubbed the biggest skating events of his life and is feeling a little lost. Having lost his confidence, he returns home, only to have a video taken of him skating to his idol, Victor Nikiforov’s, routine go viral. Yuuri’s biggest dreams (or worst nightmare) come true as his idol, Victor, shows up to his hometown to help Yuuri make his big comeback.
While it may not sound like much, this anime is truly incredible, and goes a lot deeper than the typical “sports anime”. It features several great stories about not only sports, but about struggling with anxiety, social pressure, self-growth, romance, and a whole lot more. If you haven’t had a chance to see this yet, seriously try it. It’s available for free on Crunchyroll.
After absolutely falling in love with this show (and maybe obsessing over it a bit too much), I decided that January’s craft to start out the blog (and Gamer Crafts) as a whole would be none other than a katsudon recipe. Katsudon is the featured comfort food (and source of love) for our main character and is a pretty simple dish to make. It took me about an hour from start to finish, including taking lots of photos and cleaning my kitchen!
The original recipe can be found here: http://www.lovelylanvin.com/2012/08/30/katsudon-japanese-pork-cutlet-over-rice/ however, I modified this recipe as I am unable to eat gluten, and also didn’t have mirin and dashi stock on hand.
For a full album of all the step-by-step cooking images, check out this album.
Ingredients (2 servings):
For the tonkatsu (pork cutlet)
- 2 Thin boneless pork loins
- 1 cup flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- salt and pepper
For the remainder
- White rice
- 2/3 cup dashi stock (or 1/3 cup chicken broth & 1/3 cup water)
- 2 TBS granulated sugar
- 3 tsp mirin (or rice vinegar)
- 2.5 TBS soy sauce
- 1 egg
- Slice onion or green onion
- green onion tops and dried seaweed for seasoning
Start by cooking your rice in your preferred method (I used my pressure cooker). While the rice is cooking, prep your pork for frying.
In three bowls, separate the flour, egg, and bread crumbs. Lightly salt and pepper your pork loins, and then dredge (soak) each piece first in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs.
Heat a pan with oil on medium heat, until hot and bubbling. Add in your breaded pork and cook ~5 minutes on each side, turning once.
Remove the cooked pork from the oil, and let sit 5 minutes, before slicing into thin pieces.
Make the stock combination by adding in your dashi stock, sugar, mirin, and soy sauce and mixing until all the sugar is dissolved. Add to a frying pan and heat on medium until simmering.
Add your sliced onion pieces and cook until translucent.
Top the simmering concoction with your sliced tonkatsu, and drizzle a slightly beaten egg over the top. Cook until the egg is cooked to the consistency of your liking.
Add your rice to a bowl, and top with your pork and sauce mixture, add seaweed and green onion as you prefer, and enjoy.
I hope you enjoy making your very own katsudon, perfect for chilly weather, celebrating a positive event in your life, or for dreaming about your eros. Our craft next month will be using the theme of “love” and may have some “Mystic” tones to it! Can you guess what it will be?
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Happy Crafting! -Win