Ebi Fry and Re-ment (Exquisite Fake Japanese Miniature Food)

Ebi Fry is basically breaded and fried shrimp –a diner-like comfort food I was introduced to while living in Japan.  It’s commonly served with rice, some shredded raw cabbage, and miso soup as a “set” meal.  I like to eat it with thick Worcestershire sauce or tartar sauce.

Jamie helped me make Ebi Fry for dinner yesterday.  He’s been wanting me to make it ever since he received the most amazing gift from his “Auntie Cheryl”, a close friend of ours who grew up with Denis.

I present to you….. RE-MENT!

If you are not familiar with these amazing miniature Japanese foods you MUST– I implore you, you MUST check out the You Tube videos of RR Cherrypie!  We first saw Re-ment models in these crazily hypnotic and soothing videos and then saw the real thing at Mitsuwa in NJ!  Jamie loved them and wanted a set, but they are a bit pricey and really — they aren’t a toy!

It says it right on the box!

Cheryl found them on ebay and presented Jamie with not ONE set but TEN!

Plus, a kitchen!

Examining the loot.

Check out the cuteness:

Storage drawer

This toaster oven looks just like the one I used to have in Japan!

One of the sets is a miniature Ebi Fry.

The amazing thing about these miniatures, as you can see from the videos, is that they show the foods at different stages of cooking and they are SO life-like!

Comes with raw shrimp, breaded shrimp, and fried shrimp.

Frying oil has a little hole in it so you can fit shrimp in.

It even comes with a little paper towel roll on which to “drain” your fried shrimp.

Each set also comes with a recipe to make the dish.

For our (real) Ebi Fry, we used a combination of large and jumbo shrimp.

Lego Batman is impressed by the jumbo shrimp on the right!

You can find Panko at Asian markets and sometimes in the International sections of grocery stores.

Jamie did all the breading himself:

I’m not sure which looks more tasty — the real version or the miniature version!

All I can say is:  Everyone should have an Auntie Cheryl in one’s life!  Thanks, Cheryl!!

Ebi Fry (Breaded Fried Shrimp) loosely translated from Re-ment Set

Ingredients (4 servings)

12 shrimp  (jumbo size works better)

2 teaspoons oil (we omitted this)

1 tablespoon milk (we omitted this as well)

flour for dredging ( we used about 1/3 cup)

1 egg, beaten

Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)

Oil for frying

  1. Devein and clean shrimp, but leave tails on.
  2. Place shrimp on backs and make small diagonal slashes on the shrimp bellies (this will help it to stay straight when fried). Chop tips off of shrimp tails and squeeze out excess water with the side of the knife (this will prevent splattering when frying).
  3. Season with salt and pepper.  Let sit in oil and milk for awhile to remove any odors (I skipped this step because my shrimp was really fresh and I didn’t think it was necessary).  Pat dry.
  4. Dredge shrimp in flour, dust off, then dredge in egg, then coat in Panko.
  5. Heat oil to 355 degrees F.  Slowly ease in shrimp from the tails. (I actually didn’t deep fry ours — I just sauteed in about 1/2-inch of oil.)
  6. Fry shrimp for about 1 minute turning once or twice until golden.

Direct translation:  When oil makes a sound like “juwajuwa” and becomes like “pichi-pichi”, it is OK (done)!

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15 responses to “Ebi Fry and Re-ment (Exquisite Fake Japanese Miniature Food)

  1. While your shrimp looks perfect I think that cuteness of the re-ment has stolen my heart – I am ooohing and aaahing and awwwwing all over the shop 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  2. I would have loved this when I was a child, both the shrimp and the fake food: at one point I had a gigantic kitchen in my bedroom, with a stink and stove and possibly a refrigerator. My mother wouldn’t let me have an EasyBake oven — she insisted that I use the real one.

  3. Oh my! LOL. Bebe E would love this… especially at her age. I LOVE it! LOL. Lucky Jamie. 🙂 Ebi-fry is one of my favorites but I never make it at home. I always order it at places such as Curry-House, or this little Japanese cafe in West Los Angeles. Hope all is well with you guys! I indeed got sick… with bronchitis. So awful, but Bebe E just had a cold. Lucky her.

  4. Cheryl

    Looks yummy! I’m glad you are both enjoying the Re-ment. Looking forward to seeing you go through all of them.

  5. Cheryl

    Here’s the RRCherryPie link for this collection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTQu2N5aK1A

  6. That is very cool…. I totally want a kitchen Re-ment! The Ebi Fry looks yummy!

  7. This is a very good way to get your kids interested in cooking. I remember an easy bake oven when I was little, but it was bigger than than this. Also, it only had baked goods and the Re-ment looks like it has a great variety. What fun with the kids too-looking forward to seeing more on this.

  8. So cute! I want one too 🙂 But I think the real version looks tastier!

  9. Ha! I’ve seen those re-ment things before. They were taking over there for a while! And they take as much time to do the real thing. Your real thing looks DELICIOUS!

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  11. Oh man, those miniatures are crazy awesome!

  12. If you are looking for an online shop that sells [Made in Japan] fake food related items in English and ships all over the world, you may want to check out Fake Food Japan: http://fakefoodjapan.com/

    All the best,

    Justin

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