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Japan has a unique culture of embracing world cuisines by adding local touch. This is also true with pasta by adding Japanese ingredients, resulting in unique yet scrumptious pasta dishes you can never find elsewhere, let alone in Italy! Here are some that should appeal to your tastebuds:

1. Tarako/Karashimentaiko (Cod Roe) Spaghetti

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Tarako and Karashimentaiko are salted roes of cod with the latter being marinated in spice. Add some fresh cream to these cod roes to make wonderful pasta sauce. Once the cooked spaghetti is mixed with sauce and served on a plate, sprinkle finely chopped seaweed on top for a finishing touch.

2. Natto (Fermented Soy Beans) Spaghetti

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This is THE Japanese pasta dish in its own right! You can add cooked mushrooms such as shimeji and sprinkle some seaweed too.

3. Sansai (Mountain Vegetables) Spaghetti

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Toss cooked spaghetti and stir fried mountain vegetables seasoned with soy sauce, and you’ll get a dish of palatable Sansai spaghetti. This is generally a vegetarian dish but you can add some bacon too. It is also an ideal dish for a novice in wafuu pasta.

4. Daikon Oroshi (Grated White Radish ) Spaghetti

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Summer in Japan is typically hot and muggy, making you crave for a light, refreshing dish. With minimum oil and meat for flavor and plenty of grated Daikon radish, this pasta is a spot-on.

5. Nanohana (Rapeseed Greens) Spaghetti

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Looks similar to Sansai spaghetti but this pasta is cooked with rapeseed greens and chopped garlic. You can add chopped chilies to convert the dish into ‘aglio e olio’ style. It is also popular to add baby squids like the picture above.

6. Uni (Sea Urchin) Cream Spaghetti

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Sea urchin is a luxury food. By adding fresh cream, you will have a rich, creamy sauce with a pleasant hint of sea breeze. It goes well with pasta and just like any other wafuu pasta dish, it tastes delicious with seaweed sprinkled on top.

7. Spaghetti Napolitan

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Don’t be fooled by its name, it has nothing to do with Naples! The dish is genuinely a Japanese invention, cooking pasta with sausages, sliced onions and green peppers in a frying pan with tomato ketchup. If you get the amount of ketchup just right, the end result will be delectable with rich and mellow texture.

8. Spaghetti Salad

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Just like Ramen branched out into Hiyashi Chuuka (chilled ramen noodles with cold toppings and sauce), this is pasta transfigured to a salad dish. Toppings differ from one restaurant to another but they are light and refreshing all the same.

 

Some of the dishes may not appeal to you visually but tasting is believing. Be daring and try new Japanese style pasta!

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