[Yuri’s mom places the Yu-topia katsudon meal in front of Victor]
Victor: Wow! Amazing!
Yuri’s Mom: Our specialty, katsudon, extra large!
Victor [takes a bite]: Vkusno! Delicious! Too good for words! Is this what the gods eat?
[Yuri’s mom giggles & skips away in the background]
Yuri [blushing]: I’m glad you like it.
—”Yuri!!! on Ice”, Episode 2
In a heavy-bottomed pan, bring about 1″ or so of canola oil to a steady 350ºF. Rinse the pork & pat it dry with a paper towel. Score with a sharp knife, & then sprinkle a little salt & pepper on both sides.
Put the flour, 1 egg (beaten), & panko crumbs into 3 seperate bowls. Dredge the pork cutlet in flour first, then dip in egg, & then coat well in panko. Reserve the unused egg for later in the recipe.
Carefully place the breaded cutlet into the heated oil. Cook until deep golden brown & crispy, turning to evenly cook both sides, about 4 mins total (make sure the temperature is stable!). Remove the tonkatsu to a paper towel-lined wire rack.
In a small pan, stir together the dashi stock, mirin, soy sauce, sugar, & cut onions. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved & the onions are tender.
Beat the second egg with the left over egg you used for breading the cutlet.
Cut the tonkatsu into diagonal strips, about 3/4″ wide. Slide the knife under the cut tonkatsu, & then slide the whole thing into the pan onto the sauce & onions. Pour the beaten egg over the tonkatsu, & then cover the pan & let cook until the eggs are set, about a minute or 2.
Put the cooked rice into a serving bowl, & then slide the contents of the pan onto the top of it. Sprinkle with peas & enjoy!
“I want to eat katsudon with you, Victor. I want to keep winning and keep on eating katsudon! So I’ll skate to Eros! I’ll give it all the Eros I’ve got!”
—Yuri Katsuki, “Yuri!!! on Ice”, Episode 2
Yuri: I’m going to become a super tasty katsudon, so please watch me! Promise!
[Yuri & Victor hug]
Victor: Of course. I love katsudon.
Announcer [during Yuri’s performance]: What a seductive step sequence. It’s hard to believe he’s imagining katsudon!
Victor [after the performance, embracing Yuri]: Yuri! That was the tastiest katsudon I’ve ever seen! Wonderful!
—”Yuri!!! on Ice”, Episode 3
“I’m a katsudon fatale that enthralls men.”
—Yuri Katsuki, “Yuri!!! on Ice”, Episode 3
According to the character profile for Minako Aino, A.K.A. Sailor Venus, her favorite food is curry! I wanted to create a unique curry with healthy elements because Minako also loves to exercise (her favorite subject in school is P.E.) so I added fruits of colors connected to her sailor scout attire/accessories; yellow, orange, and gold! Combining fruit with chicken curry, haha, not to mention adding whipped cream, might seem crazy, but it’s delicious, and I feel that it goes along with Sailor Venus’ daring and brave personality.😉
In a large pan over medium heat melt the butter. Sift in the flour, whisking constantly, until s smooth slurry forms. Cook for a minute, & then whisk in the broth until combined & there are no flour bits. Whisk in the coconut milk, & then add in the spices. Bring to a simmer & whisk until the mixture begins to thicken. Add in the chicken & cook for a few more minutes until you’ve got a nice curry. Pour into a serving dish.
Peel & chop the yellow & orange fruits that you choose. To make the Venus Love Me (Heart) Chain, cut the apple into 1/4″ thick slices on the horizontal (so, not from stem to bottom, but through the center so you end up with the star core), & then use a little heart cookie cutter to cut several hearts. Submerge the hearts in lemon juice, & then use a few toothpicks to carefully skewer the hearts together, & place them on the sides of the serving dishes.
You can present this meal as a buffet so everyone can make their plate how they like, or you can start each plate with rice & curry (either on the rice or beside it), & then let people decorate it how they will. You can also take complete control & do the plating, according to your own aesthetic or following these photos for ideas. It’s all up to you! It’s a fun and crazy meal. Don’t forget the whipped cream!
Diana and Carrie discuss the sparkly magical anime series, as well as bento, study snacks, parfaits that never were, after school cafe goodies, homemade sprinkles, chicken katsu sandwiches, fruit curry, and more! Note: the episode is nostalgia-laden and inner sensei (inner planet sailor scouts) centric.
Intro music clip: “Moonlight Densetsu” (90s Sailor Moon opening) tribute version by Momoiro Clover Z. Available for purchase here.
Outro music clip: “Moon Pride” (Sailor Moon Crystal opening) by Momoiro Clover Z. Available for purchase here.
Diana and Carrie get spirited away by the world of Studio Ghibli. Between ramen (college dorm or primeval storm, it’s the perfect comfort food), enchanted rice balls, mysterious and oft-debated dumplings, human blood, cutie bentos, steamed buns, aggressively viscous soup, and HAM! we may have bitten off more than we can chew!
Into: My Neighbor Totoro Theme (Instrumental)
Outro: Kamigami Sama from Spirited Away