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How to make the katsudon pirozhki’s from the anime ‘Yuri on Ice’

This Russian/Japanese fusion dish has an important role in the show. Now you can make it yourself!


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Dec 10, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 10:10 am CDT

Do you want to eat a delicious snack that makes a rage-fuelled, angsty Russian teenager look like this?

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Well, you’re in luck because Yuri on Ice fans can make it happen.

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Food plays an important roll in Yuri on Ice, the figure skating romcom that’s taking anime fandom by storm this winter. The main character, figure skater Yuri Katsuki, is a stress-eater whose favorite meal is katsudon, or pork cutlet bowls. He eats one whenever he wins a competition, and when his coach choreographs a skating routine about sexual love, Yuri visualizes a pork cutlet bowl as his personal representation of desire. (Trust us, it works in the context of the show.)

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It’s easy enough to find katsudon recipes online, but last week’s episode introduced a new snack: katsudon pirozhki. It’s a fusion between Yuri’s favorite meal, and the pirozhkis eaten by his Russian teen frenemy Yuri “Yurio” Plisetsky. Yurio’s grandfather invented a combination of the two dishes, and Yurio gave one to Yuri when he wasn’t able to get his traditional katsudon after a competition.

Now, thanks to couple of enterprising fans on Tumblr, we now have a recipe to make this exact meal.

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Tumblr user nolongerwaiting put together a comprehensive recipe, combining the pastry case of a pirozhki with the pork, eggs, and rice of a katsudon filling. Then gigi-the-faunus tested it out, resulting in some fresh, golden-brown katsudon pirozhkis.

Given Yuri on Ice fandom’s attention to detail, this is probably just the first of many Yuri-themed recipes.

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*First Published: Dec 10, 2016, 10:00 am CST