If You're a Hayao Miyazaki Fan, You'll Want to Recreate These Meals

Learn how to make the ramen from Ponyo, onigiri from Spirited Away, Congee from Princess Mononoke, bacon and eggs from Howl's Moving Castle, and the bento box from My Neighbor Totoro!
by Macy Alcaraz   |  Apr 12, 2017
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If you're a fan of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and his animated films, you'll love this how-to video from Movie Pilot. Featuring 5 meals from Miyazaki's films, the tutorial shows you how to recreate them easily at home. We broke down the recipe for you below so you can shop for ingredients before you get started. Hit the play button to see how the meals are made!


Ramen from Ponyo

You'll need:
1 cup of vegetable stock
1 cup water
1 teaspoon of dashi (check out your local grocery for the powdered variety)
1 tablespoon of miso
1 package ramen noodles
boiled egg
spring onions

How to make it: Pour vegetable stock, water, and dashi into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Stir in miso. Add ramen and cook till noodles are al dente. Transfer to a bowl and top with ham, boiled egg, and spring onions.

Bacon and Eggs from Howl's Moving Castle

You'll need:
Cooking oil

How to make it: Crack eggs into your pan. Cook them sunnyside-up style, making sure to baste the egg with the hot oil. Cook the bacon till crispy. Serve with bread and butter.

Onigiri from Spirited Away

You'll need:
1 1/2 cups of white short grain rice
1 3/4 cups of water
80 ml sushi vinegar
Roasted sesame seeds (optional)

How to make it: Cook rice in water. After 15-20 minutes, turn off the heat and steam the rice for an additional 10 minutes to make it fluffy! Stir in sushi vinegar. If you don't have an onigiri mold, you can take some cling wrap and form the rice triangle with your hands. Make an indentation for your filling—tuna and kewpie was used in this video. Wrap the bottom with a strip of seaweed. You may also roll in roasted sesame seeds.

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Congee from Princess Mononoke

You'll need:
2 cups of water
1/3 cup of rice
1 teaspoon of miso
1 egg
Spinach (or choice of leafy greens)
Grated carrots

How to make it: Mix dashi with water and bring to a boil. Add smashed ginger into the pot. Cook rice for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally so the rice doesn't stick to the pan. When the rice is cooked, take out the ginger. Get a cup of cooked rice and mix with the miso. Stir until incorporated and pour back into pan. Slowly add lightly beaten egg. Transfer to a bowl and top with leafy greens and carrots.

Bento Box from My Neighbor Totoro

You'll need:
Steamed rice
Smoked sardine
Green peas
Dried plum

How to make it: Assemble all ingredients in bento box.

Which one are you excited to make?

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Macy Alcaraz
Former Editor in Chief, candymag.com
When she's not busy online, she's in the kitchen on a mission to make the world a better place one bite at a time.