Yuri’s Yu-topia Katsudon!!!

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[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

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Yuri’s Yu-topia Katsudon!

  • 1 Pork Cutlet, about 1/2″ thick
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Panko
  • Oil for frying (I use canola oil)
  • 1/4 Cup Dash Stock (1/2 tsp. dash powder dissolved in 1/4 cup water)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Aji Mirin
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1/4 Onion, julienned
  • 1 Cup Cooked White Rice (or, however much you want)
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh or Frozen Peas (thawed)

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!

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“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

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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

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“I’m a katsudon fatale that enthralls men.”

—Yuri Katsuki, “Yuri!!! on Ice”, Episode 3

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Listen to the episode! Fiction Kitchen Episode 53: Yuri!!! on Ice

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Diana and Carrie discuss the sports anime with extra large pork cutlet bowls, ramen, hot pot, duck blood, paella, all washed down with lots and lots of champs.

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Mercury Soda Bubbles Blast & Chicken Katsu Study Sandwich


Sailor Mercury is my favorite Sailor Scout; she’s smart, and sweet, good with computers, gets good grades, and is a loyal member of the team! She loves sandwiches, and in the 90s series fights with bubbles (bubbles!).

So I made a nice little meal for her so she can recharge, read some books and fight some more baddies.

Chicken Katsu Sandwich

Adapted from Food & Wine

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten with 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 inch oil for frying
  • 8 slices white bread (Japanese milk bread if you can get it), crusts sliced off
    lettuce or sliced cabbage
  • tonkatsu sauce (recipe follows)

Between two sheets of saran wrap, pound the chicken thighs flat (I use a rolling pin).

Heat oil over medium high heat until shimmering. Assemble flour, eggs, and panko bread crumbs on three plates. Dredge each chicken thigh into the flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg, letting the excess drip off, then cover with panko. Fry about 3 minutes per side, until outside is golden brown and chicken is cooked through. Drain on a paper towel.

Serve on the white bread with lettuce or cabbage and tonkatsu sauce.

Tonkatsu Sauce

Adapted from Saveur

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1⁄4 cup Worcestershire
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder

Thoroughly whisk together all ingredients

Mercury Soda Bubbles Blast

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teabags white tea (I used Tazo White Tea Berryblossom)
  • 1 cup blueberries, mashed and strained
  • seltzer

Heat sugar with 1 cup water to a boil, then simmer until sugar is dissolved, swirling to combine. Cool slightly then add teabags to steep for 30 minutes.

Remove tea bags and allow syrup to cool completely. Stir in blueberries.

To serve, spoon about 3 tablespoons of the syrup into a tall glass, add ice and about 10 ounces of seltzer. Stir gently.

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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.



Tasty Time

Main Episode

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.

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