If you’re going to cook Japanese at home, you’re going to need some pointers! Join chef, food writer and MasterChef UK winner Tim Anderson on a journey back to the country that inspired him to learn to cook. You’ll love this mentaiko pasta, also known as wafu pasta or Japanese carbonara. 

Believe it or not, there is a whole world of Japanese pasta dishes, collectively known as wafu (Japanese-style) pasta. Almost invariably based on spaghetti (which is not so different from ramen, in a way), Japanese pasta often resembles traditional Italian or Italian-American pasta dishes, but with innovative touches based on indigenous Japanese flavors. A classic example is mentaiko pasta, which uses pollock roe cured with chilli to flavor a buttery sauce – the flavor of mentaiko is kind of like a combination of Italian bottarga and chilli, so it makes sense.

There aren’t really any rules when it comes to Japanese pasta, so feel free to play around with this. It is remarkable how well most Japanese flavors work stirred through spaghetti.

Reprinted with permission from JapanEasy