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Mentaiko, Pork & Pickled Vegetables Spaghetti (明太子と豚からし高菜スパゲッティ)

christmas mentaiko pork pickled vegetables spaghetti
The first time I had this dish was during a trip to Fukuoka (福岡) in 2009. It was so tasty that I had to find the Japanese Pickled Vegetables or Takana (からし高菜), so that I could replicate the pasta when I return to S'pore. I did just that & I was real satisfied.

fukuoka castle ruins with cherry blossoms
That 2-day trip Admiring Nature in Fukuoka though short, but it was another fruitful trip as I managed to find some good buys in the expensive city.

mentaiko spicy cod roe recipe
Another vacation to Japan just recently had me buying Mentaiko (明太子) or ‘spicy cod roe’ & Takana again.

how to make japanese pork takana spaghetti
So for my Magical Christmas At Home, I cooked the Mentaiko, Pork & Pickled Vegetables Spaghetti (明太子と豚からし高菜スパゲッティ) as the main course for my dinner. My family of three enjoys this pasta dish & I hope you'll like it too.

(Serves 3)
Ingredients:
2 Mentaiko sacs
300g Spaghetti
150g Sukiyaki Pork belly
4-5 tbsp Takana
1 tbsp Extra-virgin Olive oil
1 tbsp Butter
2 tbsp Goma sauce
1 tbsp Mirin
1 tsp Teriyaki
1 tsp minced Garlic
Dash of Pepper
Seaweed for topping

Method:
    sukiyaki pork belly recipe
  1. Rinse pork belly & cut into stripes.
  2. sukiyaki pork belly recipes
  3. Marinate with teriyaki & pepper for about an hour. Set side.
  4. mentaiko pasta recipe
  5. Remove mentaiko from its sac by using a spoon to scrap it out & set aside.
  6. cooking japanese pasta
  7. Cook pasta accordingly to instructions on package. Drain & mix with butter to prevent pasta from sticking together.
  8. cooking japanese sukiyaki pork belly
  9. Heat pan & sautéed garlic. Stir-fry pork till ¾ cooked.
  10. japanese takana pickled vegetables spaghetti
  11. Add pasta, mirin & takana. Mix well.
  12. japanese goma sauce spaghetti
  13. Stir in goma sauce & dish up pasta onto serving plates.
  14. how to cook japanese goma sauce spaghetti
  15. Top your pasta with the seaweed & mentaiko, & you're ready to serve your delicious Japanese Mentaiko, Pork & Pickled Vegetables Spaghetti!
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Check out my other Mentaiko recipe @ Baked Hotate Mentaiyaki (帆立の明太焼き)!

36 comments:

  1. Looks delicious, very nice presentation! Thanks for sharing :)

    Sincerely,
    Happy Valley Chow

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    1. Chow, thks for visiting & it's really nice having u here! Have a good day!

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  2. Konnichiwa, ogenki desu ka? the food looks good! :D

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    1. Henry, konnichiwa! Watashi wa genki desu yo. Anata mo genki?

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  3. Very unique way of having pasta with pickled vegetables. I love pickle vegetable but it's the local version one, wonder how does this Japanese one taste......

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    1. DS, taste is very similar to the local salted veg except that it's not as salty. Try soaking the local ones in water before u cook it...

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  4. Ha, you are a busy girl, Shirley! I just got done commenting on your previous post when this one popped up. :) Your idea to marinate the pork belly in Teriyaki and pepper sounds like a delicious flavor trio... was thinking it would be tasty in Spaghetti Carbonara, too!
    P.S. Please forgive me if I don't comment again 'til later this week. (Writing and music business to attend to.) xo

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    1. Kim, hahaha! I'm sure it tastes just as good; just that people usually add bacon in Carbonara. U're just as busy as a bee, my dear! Thks for taking your time off!

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  5. Hi Shirley! Our Japanese friend cooked this for us at home and my family love it very much. Some slight variation from your version - I recall she added the mentaiko towards the last part of the cooking process but yours look equally good!

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    1. Alvin, the restaurant in Fukuoka that I'd visited cooked the mentaiko with the pasta, but the one in Tokyo & S'pore added a scoop of the cod roe for the patrons to mix themselves. Both variations tasted somewhat similar :) Thks for coming by & have a good week!

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  6. Japan is becoming your second Home Shirley. I also love Japan. I visited long back To Tokyo and stayed there for 3 months, But the smell of raw fish made me cringe a bit, other than that it was a lovely experience and lovely people too.
    Love Ash.

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    1. Ash, hahaha! I stayed in Tokyo for quite a few mths some years back too. I enjoy taking a vacation, but living there is a 'no-no'. I hate the mad train rush everyday, getting molested in trains & the tiny space in my apt!

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  7. I would never have thought to combine pickled veges and spaghetti. Seems that it turned out a tasty combo though.

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    1. YL, never knew it'll taste that good too till I tried in Japan. Lol!

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  8. Shirley, that's a very exotic pasta dish. Beautifully presented too!

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  9. Lovely presentation. You're really good!

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  10. This seems delicious! I love how delicate japanese pasta dishes are! I made a white wine seafood angel hair pasta the other night, oh how yummy!

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    1. Sharlynn, sounds just as good! Thks for coming by! Gonna check out your blog too!

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  11. Mmm..I would love to have a tastebof that :)

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    1. Kathy, hahaha! Have a good week, my dear!

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  12. We bought the packet mentaiko from Japan and cooked spaghetti with it but it looks nothing like yours D: Nothing can beat fresh mentaiko :<

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    1. Michelle, u mean those dried ones?? I've never tried those. Next time try the fresh ones, they're real tasty!

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  13. Oishii!!!! Be authentic or fusion pasta, simply love it.

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    1. YL, this pasta dish seems to draw a lot of attention. Hahaha!

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  14. I love mentaiko pasta! It's so easy to make and so addicting... Though I've never tried with takana in mentaiko pasta. I always feel guilty about not including any veggies, so that is kind of a great idea! :)

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    1. Nami, simply addictive! Interesting to know that a Japanese hasn't tried this dish. U must try this the next time u're in Japan :)

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  15. what a lovely recipe, oh by the way, do we have to remove the mentaiko from its sac? i just chew everything LOL!

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    1. Ken, u ate the skin?? I guess it's ok if u don't mind, but this is the first time I'm hearing this. Lol!

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  16. Hi Shirley, I wander how many records I break today....LOL
    What a lovely spaghetti meal, very elegant presentation. You sure can cook very well, 2 thumbs up for you.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    P/S You look very pretty in the second picture.

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    1. Amelia, hahaha! Thks again for commenting on so many of my posts in a row! U rock!!

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  17. Looks and sounds really delicious! Would love to have a taste. The CNY is just around the corner. In case life gets a little too busy, here is wishing you and your family a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!

    Hugs...Biren

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    1. Biren, thks & u have a good one too! Nice to hear from u :)

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