Crunchyroll #110: A Human Body (thanks Full Metal Alchemist!

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As an anime food blogger, I LOVE recipes. I mean, seriously! If I see some awesome anime food, the best thing I can possibly find is a recipe to go along with it so that I don’t have to make anything totally by scratch. It’s a huge lifesaver, because it saves me a lot of time researching, and time planning on what to do and how to do it. Normally, I look for recipes for actual food items, but amazingly enough, there are some recipes out there that will produce something much greater and more interesting than any old food item.

 

That’s right people, I’m talking about chemical reactions: add a pinch of this and a pinch of that and then BANG! There you go, you’ve got something completely new! Did anyone else love chemistry for that reason? Science experiments always seemed like more technically inclined cooking experiments. More academic, if you will, but they’re essentially the same thing. You combine a bunch of ingredients to get a specific end product.

 

And hey, Ed and Al from Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood do the same thing! All they want to do is make their good ol’ mom come back to life… Or rather, make her a new human body so that she doesn’t have to be dead anymore. Same difference? As we all know, things go horribly awry (sorry, boys), but on the upshot, we get a detailed list of the specific ingredients that make up a human body: water, carbon, ammonia, lime, phosphorus, salt, glucose, sulfur, silicone, among other things. And I couldn’t help but wonder… What would it be like if I just, you know, mixed these things together?

 

Well, what we get is basically a human soup. I asked my good friend, Kellen Miller, a chemistry teacher, to help me out with this science experiment. He assembled all the ingredients we would need, using household items, and let me come into his classroom to film. We decided not to use some of the more difficult to obtain/ hardcore ingredients because as it turns out, you can get some pretty dangerous reactions by adding a bunch of chemicals to water. Who knew? So in order to keep it safe, since we didn’t have a super secure filming location, we tried to keep it to the most pertinent ingredients that could be easily obtained around town. Miller is a genius, and worked out the exact proportions of ingredients we’d need, and we were able to mix up our human body in a about thirty minutes. Easy, right?

Now, some things to note: I am not posting a recipe, or the specific list of ingredients we used, because you really shouldn’t be trying this at home. Some of the chemicals we used are dangerous when unbonded (that means when left in their pure form), and if we had gotten the pure form of the chemical, we would have had some incredibly dangerous reactions. Flourine and water, for example, are a very explosive when combined. So is calcium, which is why we used chlorine bicorbonate, etc. This brings into question exactly how Ed and Al, two children, got these super dangerous ingredients in the first place, and also how they managed not to blow themselves up before they even did the transmutation. We have a theory that they ACTUALLY lost their limbs/ body due to the unsafe chemical reactions, rather than as the price for opening the gate. Also, because of  the difficulty in getting all these ingredients, and the safety issues related to that, what we do in the video is not technically 100% accurate to what Ed and Al say they do when they try the transmutation. On the other hand, it clearly didn’t work for them, so, you know. The original recipe didn’t even work ANYWAY, and I’m not sure it was the lack of a soul that was the real problem… Hehehe!

 

So, how did it all turn out? You’ve got to watch the video below to see the results! Can I just say though that it was so much fun to do this science experiment? Miller and I had the best time putting it all together and getting all spooked by the thought of stirring up a human being in a plastic kiddie pool on the floor of a classroom. It was really fun! If you like the idea behind this, comment below with some other science experiments you’d like to see us try. In the meantime, have a great Halloween!

 

Check out how we made our very own human body by watching the full video down below!

 

 


I hope you enjoyed this post! Check in next week for another recipe, and to check out more anime food recipes, visit my blog. If you have any questions or comments, leave them below! I recently got a Twitter, so you can follow me at @yumpenguinsnack if you would like, and DEFINITELY feel free to send me food requests! My Tumblr is yumpenguinsnacks.tumblr.comFind me on Youtube for more video tutorials! Enjoy the food, and if you decide to recreate this dish, show me pics! 😀

 

In case you missed it, check out our last dish: Hot Tub Tamago from Kakuriyo-Bed and Breakfast for Spirits-. What other famous anime dishes would you like to see Emily make on COOKING WITH ANIME?

 

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Crunchyroll #92: Hachis Parmentier from “Food Wars! Third Plate”

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Well, well, WELL, here we are again with another Food Wars recipe and a brand new opportunity to lose my mind cooking. This recipe, the product of Soma, his dad, and Erina, is a recipe for insanity! It’s a take on Hachis Parmentier, which is basically the French verson of Shepherd’s Pie. But, of course, these three decided to up the ante and turn out something that only faintly resembles the original dish, while providing a million times more impact.

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Crunchyroll #88: Gousetsu Udon from “Food Wars”

Ah, Food Wars! recipes! I feel like I always end the experience in a love-hate relationship. I love the final product, but the process to get there. Holy cow. And this particular dish is no exception. Soma and friends whip it up in order to pass the second stage of their exam. They ingeniously realize how to use their remaining supplies to craft together a delicious dish that will impress the examiner… but is it even possible to cook this particular dish in the time frame allotted?

Maybe. The dish, special Gousetsu Udon, requires a few moving parts. The soup base, thickened with potato shavings, comes together in a snap. The potato mochi too is brilliant in its simplicity; it comes together without a fuss. It’s the udon noodles that are the issue. Having never made udon before, I needed to learn two things: a recipe, and the technique. I was unsure where to start, but I found this guide to be invaluable when it came to forming the noodles. However, finding a recipe was nearly impossible. At least in English, this is a recipe that simply doesn’t exist. Luckily, my slight knowledge of Japanese helped me search, but even there I found only one recipe. I’m sure there’s more out there, but this is where my search capabilities ended.

So, I had a technique guide and a recipe… but I still needed to cobble together something that would work for this variety of noodle. The recipe below is based on a combination of the technique guide as well as the Japanese recipe. The thing with udon, though, is that it’s quite difficult to knead (requiring the use of feet) and require resting time – more time than Soma and friends had in the challenge. You can get away with resting the udon only a few hours, as opposed to overnight, but even so that’s cutting it a bit close for the time limit. Theoretically, it’s possible… if everything goes perfectly. And the team did waste time in the beginning attempting to go out to look for other ingredients.

A note on the potatoes- in the anime, they use Irish Cobbler potatoes, which are high in starch content. I couldn’t get the same potato in any of my local stores, so I settled for Russett potatoes, which are also high in starch. However, I’d love to try this recipe with the Irish Cobbler, if I could get my hands on some! It might change some of the proportions of the flour and potato starch, but it would be more authentic. In any case, this is a good base recipe to start with- if you’re able to experiement, let me know how it turns out!

In any case, is this dish even worth making? Well, yes. I was pleasantly surprised! My own noodles were nothing to write home about (honestly, unless you’re a master noodle maker, it’s always easier to buy pre-made noodles), but the broth was fantastic, as was the potato mochi. For me the mochi was actually the stand-out topping. It was creamy in the middle, yet crunchy on the outside; my favorite part of the whole dish!

If you make this at home, I’d advise buying pre-made fresh udon noodles (the potato flavor of the Gousetsu udon is really fun, but I’m not sure if it’s worth the trouble). Everything else I’d make from scratch – you won’t be disappointed! Watch the video below to get more pointers on how exactly to make this dish!

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Crunchyroll #73: Salmon Coulibiac from Shokugeki no Soma!

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Seriously, three days of effort went into this. Mostly it’s because I have a day job and I wanted to do a really thorough preparation. I just couldn’t fit all the steps into one evening. Nonetheless, all told, I think I spend about 6 hours actively preparing the various parts that go into this. Which brings me to my next question…HOW ON EARTH DID KUROKIBA MAKE THIS DURING ONE SHOKUGEKI?!?!?

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Crunchyroll #72: Wing Gyoza from “Shokugeki no Soma”!

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First big thing we need to address: Erina’s father somehow thinks it’s a good idea to shut down one of the dormitories that houses students at his own academy. His justification is that the house is set apart from the school and therefore hard to control, which is all well and good, but let’s be real…WHERE WILL THE STUDENTS LIVE INSTEAD? Seriously, you don’t just shut down a dorm because you don’t like that you can’t control the kids there. Logistically, you then have to find housing for these students and seriously, how easy is that? The school can’t just build a new dorm for these kids, so where will they go? It just doesn’t make sense to close down a dorm to get kids to conform.


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Crunchyroll #68: Time Fuse Mapo Curry Noodles from Food Wars!

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Everything we have been doing up to this point has just been a test, I swear. The black pepper bun, the mapo tofu…all good…but all just PRACTICE for what was to come. Soma outdoes himself, AND his competition with the Time Fuse Mapo Curry Noodles. It’s a dish that combines his original idea- the black pepper bun- with the noodles he knew his customers would enjoy, and with the food of his competitor, with a super special surprise- a curry filling in the meatball! There is so much going on with this recipe, it is both amazing and overwhelming. Seriously, I’ll give you a warning going into this- there are a LOT of steps involved. You have to want this dish to stick with making it. But is it worth it? Uhh….YES.

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