Japanese style pasta dishes are not only popular in Japan but also in other parts of the world. However, many people do not have any idea about what the Japanese pasta is. It is not Udon, no Soba, not Ramen, but simple Italian pasta prepared with Japanese ingredients and flavours. Italian food is quite popular in Japan and some people even think that Japan has the best Italian food outside of Italy.
When Italian food got introduced in Japan during the post war era, Italian style pasta was the main dish to be served. During the 70s, Japanese people started experimenting by adding home grown ingredients and flavours. These days, Japanese style pasta also called as Wafuu Pasta has grown in popularity around the country. In Japan, several people like to eat this pasta at their homes or restaurants.
Mushroom and Tuna Pasta is one of the widely consumed Japanese style pastas that you can order at the restaurants or prepare in your own kitchen. Here is the recipe of this pasta dish.
- Spaghetti, 2 to 3 servings
- Rinsed and the bottom discarded Bunashimeji (brown beech mushroom), 1
- Rinsed and sliced shiitake mushrooms, 2
- Rinsed and sliced mushrooms, 4
- Rinsed and bottom discarded Enoki, 1 package
- Olive oil, 1 tbsp
- Sake, 2 tbsp
- Tuna, drained in oil or water, 1 can
- Konbucha, 1 tsp
- Mentsuyu, Japanese noodle soup base for soba and udon noodles, 4 tbsp
- Butter, 1 tbsp
- Leaves of shiso, 3
- Kizami Nori
How to Prepare Mushroom and Tuna Pasta?
At first, you need to take a large pot and add water into it. Bring water to a boil and cook spaghetti as per the instructions given on the package. Cook for 1 minute less, as you will again have to cook spaghetti later. Now, take a large skillet and heat oil on medium high heat and also cook mushrooms. Once the mushrooms are cooked, mix in sake and allow it to evaporate while stirring it with wooden spoon. Now, you should add tuna from the can and mix. After that, add Mentsuyu, Konbucha, and butter and mix them all together. Now, one ladle of cooking water of pasta should be scooped and added as per the needs. Then, shake the pan well and mix in the drained pasta in the pan.
It is time to serve the pasta with shiso leaves and Kizami Nori.
So, if you are travelling to Japan, do not forget to taste the Japanese pasta delicacies.