Mentaiko Pasta (明太子パスタ)

mentaiko capellini

mentaiko capellini

cooked mentaiko capellini (angelhair) this evening on 2,5,2015.^^

we brought some mentaiko from fukuoka during our recent trip to beppu, yufuin & fukuoka. and i cooked this a few times.

i did a check, only mentaiko available here by kuriya on rakuten & cost S$48 for a tube of 500g. so until the next time i brought back some from japan at a decent price (or maybe some sales at isetan or taka or meidiya), i won’t be cooking this. haha! 🙂

mentaiko capellini

mentaiko capellini

mentaiko capellini

mentaiko capellini

mentaiko capellini

mentaiko capellini

mentaiko capellini

mentaiko capellini

mentaiko capellini

mentaiko capellini

it is a really simple dish to cook.

i googled for recipe & found this 2-

Mentaiko Pasta (明太子パスタ) at norecipes.com; and

Mentaiko Spaghetti (Tokyo-Style Fish Roe Pasta) at www.saveur.com

anyhow, i modified & adjusted to my own needs-

Ingredients:

200g capellini

100g mentaiko

2tbsp olive oil

1tbsp mirin

1.5tbsp tsuyu

30g (2tbsp) butter softened

dash of pepper (1/4tsp)

cut 3 sheets of nori (seaweed) in thin strips (i didn’t have so used scallions)

Preparation:

  1. cook capellini to al dente (put in colander add ice & run cold water through hand) & set aside
  2. mixed mentaiko & other sauce ingredients
  3. heat sauce in pan, off fire & toss in the capellini
  4. plate it & add seaweed (or scallions)

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Wagyu Yakiniku & Sukiyaki Dinner @ Moritaya at Kyoto Station Isetan L11 on 9.10.2013

wagyu sukiyaki

wagyu sukiyaki

wagyu sukiyaki

wagyu sukiyaki

gozanbo at L15 granvia hotel at kyoto station has been our favourite place for wagyu lunch. this time on route to tateyama alpine route from kansai, we found another excellent wagyu restaurant – moritaya. 🙂

we decided to share a sukiyaki. there were 4 grades. we ordered the 3rd grade (2nd cheapest), a 200g portion at 6250yen (the usual 150g portion was 5000yen). we also ordered 2 portions of wagyu sirloin yakiniku at 2415yen per portion.

wagyu yakiniku

wagyu yakiniku

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wagyu yakiniku

wagyu yakiniku

wagyu yakiniku

wagyu yakiniku

wagyu yakiniku

wagyu yakiniku

wagyu yakiniku

wagyu yakiniku

the yakiniku sirloin was excellent, very marbled & flavourful. purely on the meat taste & texture, it was much better than what we had at gozanbo for lunch. we loved it! 🙂 (i guess this cooking method common in ryokans also was not exactly the korean yakiniku style but i have not found out the name yet).

sukiyaki condiments

sukiyaki condiments

wagyu sukiyaki

wagyu sukiyaki

the sukiyaki was again superb. just on price comparison, it was much better than what our other favourite place, chinya at asakusa tokyo. there were 3 very large pieces of meat, the first piece much higher quality & marbling than the other 2 (they served the same way also in chinya).  it came with the usual jap glass noodles, tofu & leeks etc.

it was such an excellent dinner & we could not have enough. we stopped at kyoto & went back again on our return journey from kamikochi & ordered the same items.

(if i have to make a comparison, gozanbo is located within granvia hotel & a more expensive place. the courses have a slight fusion flavour with good western soup & cold dishes prepared by very good teppanyaki chefs, and came with dessert & coffee. but to get the same quality of beef one would pay quite a bit more).

subsequently, we had a very good yakiniku dinner at gyukaku at matsumoto on 13.10.2013 at <1/2 this price, but of course the quality of wagyu cut was no comparison.

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