Fandom is a pretty powerful thing, inspiring great works of art and fiction–and even fiction that can be accepted by publication companies. (Whether said fan-fiction-turned-published-books are of quality though…) And fandom is even powerful enough to provide us with tangible means of expressing one’s love for a Thing. And for all those Newts out there who are into giant-robots-smashing-giant-monsters, then this dish can potentially be the next-best-thing to playing around with kaiju meat.
So let’s move onward to this kind-of disgusting looking but actually pretty darn tasty fan-made dish (First invented by the lovely cdrsarahpalmer): Kaiju sushi!
Okay so the name of the food is pretty self explanatory. Yes, we’re going to learn how to replicate meat, with marbling even. It’s going to be fun, and kind of icky, and kind of squicky — especially if you’re not a terribly big fan of jello. By the way, this is my third attempt at a jello-like dessert, and this one might be the least ugly looking of them all – huzzah!
Anyroad, this attempt at creating sushi made out of kaiju meat was invented by a tumblr user, cdsarahpalmer, who came up with the idea of marrying jello and rice pudding to create the next-cool-thing you want at your party. You know, as a conversation starter, and to squick people out, haha.
Anyroad – on to the recipe! We’ve got weird gelatin desserts down to a science here.
The Cast of Characters:
For your “sushi rice”
- 1 c. milk
- 1/2 c. rice
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 egg
- 1/8 c. white sugar
- dash of vanilla extract
- sprinkle of cinnamon
For your “kaiju neta/topping”
- 1 box of almond jelly, or 1 box of any kind of blue jello that satisfies your cravings; optional extra food coloring. And make sure you follow the directions on the back!
- The original recipe has the kaiju meat as a gnarly, radioactive blue color but uh, I couldn’t find my blue dye AND I wanted to use some anin jelly so…
Okay so let’s begin~
1. First let’s go and make the kaiju “meat”. Basically follow the directions on the back of your jello box-of-choice, and let it set in a big loaf pan in the fridge. That’s really all there is to it, these jello boxes are pretty simple and straight forward! My personal combo was almond jelly with a sprinkling of “blueberry” for color, hehe.
2. DO NOTE though, that to make the “meat” look like “meat”, place the plastic wrap directly on the surface of your jello mix; for more variations, pinch the plastic wrap to make “lines” and indents; and if you have bubbles? That’s good. Adds lots of nice variation! ;3 Now add to the fridge to let it firm up!
Next is the sort of harder part… We need to make a batch of rice pudding! Now cdsarahpalmer did warn that the above measurements will make a small batch of pudding, but since I was serving it for myself it kind of worked out! But definitely double the amounts listed if you’re planning this for a party instead of your own interest!
3. SO, put your rice and milk into a sauce pan and stir until it boils, then lower the flame and let it simmer on LOW heat until the rice is soft.
4. Next crack an egg into a bowl, add the sugar and beat it! Set aside.
5. Now once your is soft–ie. it’s soft to the touch, not “crunchy” looking, and can clump up together–take it off the heat and add a tablespoon or so at a time to your egg, being sure to whisk thoroughly between each. Work in all of the rice until it is incorporated into the egg… and then put it back into the sauce pan.
6. Stir in the saucepan on extremely low heat until it’s thick, and then remove from heat and add cinnamon and vanilla to your taste, then put aside into the fridge.
7. After at least two hours of cool-time, it’s time to set up your sushi! Scoop out some of your rice pudding and try to shape it into a blocky, nigiri-like form. Then cut out your kaiju topping, trying to fit your piece of “meat” on top of your “rice” and… voila! Some pretty gnarly fake sushi.
Honestly, I’m kind of really proud of this — I love the textures and almond jello is one of my favorite treats. So it tastes quite wonderful–unfortunately the color is rather off-putting and otherwise unappetizing. But! It is a fun treat, easy to make (relatively, just involves a lot of stirring!) and it looks really, really cool!
Annnnd after a very long absence, that’s all there is for this Fantastic Feasts! Tune in next time when we possibly tackle more traditionally “tasty” looking treats!