My Hero Academia and Your Favorite Hero’s Snacks
Jump back into action with My Hero Academia season four, coming this fall, and fight off the munchies with your favorite characters’ snacks! A really neat thing about anime is that creators often create detailed profiles for their characters, including their favorite foods. For instance, pro superhero Gran Torino loves taiyaki, a fish-shaped cake with a sweet filling. Traditionally, taiyaki is filled with red bean paste, though other fillings like flavored creams are popular too.
Last season, Gran Torino took protagonist Midoriya Izuku under his wing, and taiyaki surprisingly played a large role in his training! And not just because Gran Torino was adamant about having a full stock of the snack, even sending Midoriya to the store to buy more after some were destroyed after a training session!
Midoriya himself, meanwhile, loves katsudon, which consists of slices of breaded pork cutlet served over rice. This hearty meal is covered in tonkatsu sauce, which is made of soy sauce, vinegar, tomatoes, apples, onions, and other fruits and vegetables. Midoriya works hard to achieve his dream of becoming a hero, and katsudon feels like a fitting food due to an interesting play on words. The “katsu” in “katsudon” sounds just like the word for “win”. Thus, it’s a dish that Japanese people like to eat before exams or competitions.
Tonkatsu sauce isn’t limited to katsudon and is served with many other fried Japanese foods such as okonomiyaki. The rich, flavorful sauce has sometimes been described as Worcestershire sauce or even Japanese barbecue sauce, as the closest equivalents, though we don’t think those quite match up! It truly is a unique flavor experience on its own. Get a taste of tonkatsu sauce with Dondon Yaki, a rice cracker snack bursting with tonkatsu sauce flavor to test it out yourself!