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Food in Studio Ghibli Movies and How to Prepare Them

ByDamla Aydin

Jun 20, 2022

Studio Ghibli is a Tokyo-based Japanese animation production company. The animations produced by this company are known for their creative scenarios, detailed and colorful illustrations, and thought-provoking topics. In these animations, which contain many elements of Japanese culture, appetizing dishes also occupy a large place. Read on to learn more about food in Studio Ghibli movies and how to prepare them.

1. Eggs and Bacon in Howl’s Moving Castle

The breakfast, prepared in this scene, enriched with unique details such as Howl’s breaking eggs with one hand, is cooked by Sophie and Howl with Calcifer’s flame. Here is a great recipe to start the day with bacon and eggs that look appetizing. First, place the bacon in a pan over medium heat and flip as it gets crispy. Second, move the bacon to one side of the pan and get rid of any burnt bits from the pan. You can use a spatula for this. Place the eggs on the other side of the pan that has no bacon. You do not need to use oil, because the fat of the bacon will suffice.

2. Ramen in Ponyo

Ramen is used in many movies, especially in Japanese ones, but it is difficult to make ramen look as appetizing as it is in Ponyo. Moreover, preparing ramen in Ponyo is quite easy. First, boil an egg and cut it in half. After that, chop a green onion and cut a slice of ham in half. Unwrap a ramen noodle pack and add it to a bowl with preheated boiling water. Then, take out the ramen after letting it cook for 3-5 minutes. Mix ramen with other ingredients. Eat before it gets cold, bon appetit!

3. Food in Studio Ghibli Movies: Chocolate Cake From Kiki’s Delivery Service

Food in Studio Ghibli Movies: Chocolate Cake From Kiki's Delivery Service
Food in Studio Ghibli Movies: Chocolate Cake From Kiki’s Delivery Service

After delivering and returning home, Kiki encounters the chocolate cake that the old woman has prepared with her name and figure on it. This is the old woman’s way of thanking her. To make this chocolate cake, first preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Then, add a glass of sifted flour, half a glass of brown sugar, 3g cocoa powder, 3g baking soda, 3g baking powder and half a teaspoon of salt to a bowl and mix them well. After that, add an egg, half a glass of milk, a quarter glass of oil and mix them. Pour half a glass of boiled water and mix until it gets smooth. Place the batter on a round baking pan and let it bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. After making sure that the cake is baked, remove it from the oven and let it cool.

Start Preparing the decorations

While the cake is cooling, start preparing the decorations for the top. Add one cup of white chocolate to the mixing bowl. Then boil water in a boiling pan. Put the chocolate in the pan with the mixing bowl. With the temperature of the water in the pot, the chocolate will begin to melt. Stir the chocolate occasionally. Once melted, take a teaspoon of the white chocolate and mix it separately with green and red food coloring. Make the Kiki writing and Kiki’s figure on parchment paper with the chocolate you have prepared.

Preparing the sauce

It is time to prepare the sauce. Add 3 teaspoons of melted butter and 20g of cocoa powder to a bowl. Then mix it by adding powdered sugar and milk until it reaches the appropriate consistency. Slice the cooled cake in half and spread the sauce you prepared between it. Then, spread the sauce on the top and sides of the cake. Do not forget to add the decorations on it. Enjoy!

4. Food in Studio Ghibli Movies: Spaghetti in Porco Rosso

Food in Studio Ghibli Movies: Porco Rosso

Spaghetti bolognese for the movie characters is cooked and served by several women at the airplane factory. It is quite easy to make. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan and fry one sliced onion until it turns pink. Then, add three gloves of minced garlic and cook for a minute. Put four chopped mushrooms and cook for two to three minutes. Add one sliced carrot and one sliced red pepper and cook for a minute or two. Then, add 400g minced beef and cook for five to eight minutes. Keep mixing until it turns brown in color. Add four teaspoons of tomato puree and 400g canned chopped tomatoes and cook for one minute. Then, add a teaspoon of oregano powder, half a teaspoon of brown sugar, half a teaspoon of thyme, a teaspoon of soy sauce, one beef stock cube, half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of black pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower the heat to medium and cook for fifteen to twenty minutes. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in another pot. Spaghetti bolognese is ready! Mix pasta with sauce and optionally decorate with cheese.

5. Satsuki’s Lunch Boxes in My Neighbor Totoro

In the movie, Satsuki prepares a lunch box (bento box) for her younger sister Mei. It looks so appetizing that everyone wants to prepare this lunch box for their loved ones. Here’s how to prepare! First, place a cup of cooked rice in 3/4 of the lunch box. Place one umeboshi (salted, pickled Japanese plum) on one side of the rice. In a small pan, cook shishamo (small, silver fish) over medium heat. Place it on top of the rice in the middle of the box. Cook edamame (soybeans) as it says in its package and place it in the non-rice part of the box. Garnish the sakura denbu (it is popular in Japan and made from codfish) alongside the edamame on the rice. Do not forget to pack and enjoy your lunch!

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