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If there is one thing you should know about food in anime, it’s that it always looks amazing and it inspires! Let’s be real, you’ve probably craved a taste of all the mouthwatering Studio Ghibli dishes shown on screen. And who here hasn’t drooled over a dish or two from Food Wars!? Well, Binging with Babish can help make all your food dreams come true with his anime inspired recipes.

His Youtube channel features cooking videos recreating the most iconic foods from films, series, and video games. They make some of the coolest stuff, all from scratch! In particular, the segment Anime with Alvin features some of the most iconic anime foods we’re sure you’ll love. Here’s a list of some of their best recipes, so put your apron on, and let’s get cooking!

Ichiraku Ramen from Naruto

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Starting this list strong, we have Naruto’s favorite food — ramen. We see the main character of this iconic series enjoying a steaming bowl of ramen from Ramen Ichiraku several times throughout the series. Breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner — Naruto can eat this delicious noodle soup for years, literally.

In this episode, Alvin makes Naruto’s favorite miso tonkotsu ramen, topped, of course, with jammy eggs, char siu pork, and the iconic narutomaki fish cake. While it looks delicious, did you know that the toppings alone can take hours to make? Making char siu alone requires trimming a lot of the fat, marinating the meat, and storing the seasoned pork for hours. The entire ramen-making process is so laborious and specific that it takes years to hone skills specifically for this noodle soup. Maybe we’ll save this anime inspired recipe for later…

Gotcha Pork Roast from Food Wars!

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Of course, a food anime list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Food Wars!. With cook-offs as the main theme in the show, it’s no wonder characters come up with such creative food ideas that leave the audience famished and hungry.

This pork roast made by Yukihiro Soma is juicy and meaty — woops, gotcha! This pork roast is actually not pork at all, but mashed potatoes wrapped in bacon. Soma was able to make this deceivingly expensive dish with only the groceries he had for breakfast. No matter the ingredient used, it still looks mouthwatering enough to make us want to have a taste.

324 Layer Croissant from Yakitate!! Japan

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Did you know that a classic French croissant has 55 layers of dough and butter? That’s what gives this bread that light and airy texture. So, what would happen if one makes a croissant with as many as 324 layers? Hidden beneath ten layers of charcoal is actually a golden croissant that can take you to space (in the anime, at least)! Note: the charcoal is necessary as it’s actually a syrup layer that locks in the flavor of the croissant.

This is what Azuma from Yakitate!! Japan innovated as part of its dream to create the ultimate Ja-pan. With his “solar hands” and ten years of self-study, he definitely makes us think bread can never be boring.

Jiggly Soufflé Omelette from Food Wars!

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Next, we have another anime inspired recipe from the Food Wars! series — there are just too many delectable dishes to choose from. This soufflé omelette was Soma’s dish for the Breakfast Buffet Challenge.

For this one, let’s go back to the basics: a delicious omelette paired with a tomato sauce. The twist? It jiggles! The secret behind this fluffy dish is separating the egg yolk and whites to create a soufflé-like texture. Skipping this step will lead to a sad, flat omelette. Once eaten, the soft omelette melts in your mouth, making the classic dish seem so delectable.

Roast Beef from Attack on Titan

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Aside from humans, there are other several food items shown on Attack on Titan that may fit your diet better. Bad joke? Well, this roast beef is not a joke at all for our titan-fighting heroes.

The meat used is a three-bone, 30-day dry-aged prime rib roast to demonstrate how meat was truly a delicacy in the show. The meat was scarce in Attack on Titan, so it had to be cured before it was eaten. Alvin also makes a surprisingly delicious peasant loaf and tasty ginger soup. A golden-brown loaf of bread and aromatic, fatty prime rib… make sure to dig in quick, before Sasha takes it all for herself!

Kikufuku Mochi from Jujutsu Kaisen

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Ah, Jujutsu Kaisen, the series of cursed spirits and demons — so horrific yet comedic and action-packed all in one show. Didn’t think there’d be scrumptious anime inspired recipe in this shonen? Well, think again, because other than Sukuna’s gruesome-looking finger, the characters are actually interested in looking for other things to eat.

Gojo Satoru personally recommends the zunda and cream flavored kikufuku mochi from Kikusuian — a speciality of Sendai City in Japan. The exquisite zunda edamame paste combined with the sweet cream is the perfect snack to eat on the way home from a big fight. Alvin also recommends having it with tea. Now, we understand why Gojo (and most Japanese) loves it so much!

Herring and Pumpkin Pot Pie from Kiki’s Delivery Service

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This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Studio Ghibli. Known for making food sparkle and look magical, Studio Ghibli never fails to make us want to eat something, even in Kiki’s Delivery Service.

The classic dish herring and pumpkin pot pie is a warm and comforting dish made with smoked herring, puff pastry, layered with pumpkin, and then cooked in the oven. The fish decor on top is optional, but we’re sure you wouldn’t want to miss out on that. The girl in the film may not have wanted her grandma’s delicious pot pie, but I’m sure we’re all dying to have a taste. (P.S. we’ll never forgive her for that!) 

Mega Beef Bowl from Persona 4

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Meat, meat, meat, some more meat, and of course, meat — these are the secret ingredients beyond this giant beef bowl. A meal that takes understanding to accept, knowledge to set the proper pace, and courage to eat, this beef bowl is best for the most carnivorous of eaters. The video game and anime Persona 4 truly never fails to astound its audience with its most interesting content.

Made with dashi, rice on the bottom of the bowl, Gyudon, sliced onions, thinly sliced and marbly ribeye, and topped with a sunny-side egg, this delicious and meaty bowl truly hits the spot. Note: this beef bowl is best eaten not alone. Seriously. Invite some friends with you. You’ll need them to take down this giant meal.

Mitarashi Dango from Demon Slayer

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Mitarashi dango seems to be the only treatment that can calm down this hot-blooded swordsmith from Demon Slayer. It seems that he has as much passion for this soy-glazed rice dumpling as he does for the swords he forges. Dango can be difficult to make, as it is made with two rice flours joshinko and shiratamako to be kneaded, but we’re sure that this sweet and chewy dessert will make your heartbeat too. Just look at the sweet, salty, and golden glaze on the chewy yet crispy Dango – one of our fav anime inspired recipes!

Squid Ink Pasta from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

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Spaghetti al nero di seppia — despite its unappetizing color and strong scent, this pasta is a surprisingly good meal. Even JoJo himself was surprised with the taste! Caution for the amateur chef, this dish takes some real skill to make. Nevertheless, this tomato-based pasta carries a delicious hint of the sea, making it perfect for all the seafood fans out there.

And this rounds up our list of the top anime-inspired food we want to try from Anime with Alvin. If you want to find more, check out the Babish Culinary Universe Youtube page and look through all their amazing recipes. We’re definitely excited to see what else they can come up with in the future (*ehem* hoping for Deku’s favorite Katsudon next)!