The Absolutely Tasty series is a segment within the Gaki no Tsukai show, in which the members compete to produce a tasty recipe around a dish. The series debuted in Fall 2003 with Rice and went for 13 parts, having a four year hiatus after the free-dish "cooking I wanted to try" segment in Fall 2012 before an Okonomiyaki episode aired in August 2016. The tagline of the series is "I always wanted to try this!" pronounced in the intro after the formulaic prefix, and each episode is styled as "Absolutely Tasty <dish name> Championship".
The dishes range from traditional Japanese dishes such as mochi, taiyaki, takoyaki, nabe and chawanmushi to western dishes such as pizza and pasta. In every case the dish serve as a base, and the members introduce toppings, fillings or otherwise add to the base ingredients. The added ingredients are either fresh produce and processed products (eg. vegetables, ginger, Frisk, and Japanese snacks) or sometimes other dishes in itself (e.g. a French full course and American fast foods in nabe).
The usual order in which the members proceed are as follows:
For each member, the dishes are tasted and rated by the other four members. On some occasions - usually Matsumoto's finale dishes - it is not rated and instead Heipo eats the dish.
A running gag in the series is Endo trying to incorporate Frisk, a brand of strong breath mint, into the dishes, saying that "it can go well with something" but always with disastrous results. Another is Matsumoto getting to have an extra grand finale dish that consists of very outlandish ingredients such as tuna head on pizza and a bear's paw in rice. Both gags were stopped on Takoyaki episode.
List of parts
|1||667||Absolutely Tasty Rice||2003-07-20|
|2||696||Absolutely Tasty Pizza||2004-02-22|
|3||713||Absolutely Tasty Taiyaki||2004-07-27|
|4||726||Absolutely Tasty Chawanmushi||2004-10-03|
|5||734||Absolutely Tasty Rice 2 *||2004-11-28|
|6||760||Absolutely Tasty Mochi||2005-06-05|
|7||784||Absolutely Tasty Tempura||2005-12-04|
|8||797||Absolutely Tasty Takoyaki||2006-03-12|
|9||834||Absolutely Tasty Nabe||2006-12-10|
|10||853||Absolutely Tasty Pasta||2007-05-06|
|11||1001||Absolutely Tasty Nukazuke||2010-04-18|
|12||1059||Absolutely Tasty Bibimbap||2011-06-19|
|13||1126||Cooking I Wanted To Try||2012-10-14|
|14||1317||Absolutely Tasty Okonomiyaki||2016-08-07|
* Counted as part 2 of "Rice" in the series, so every subsequent segment's number is off from its ordinal number by one.
- Tanaka and Housei wear aprons of each other's associated colour.