Recently I had a craving. No, I’m not pregnant. Though I have had a couple of strange dreams of being pregnant. But no, I’m really not pregnant.
Ok, so I had a craving for wafuu pasta. Wafuu just means Japanese-style. So there’s no tomato or cream-based pasta sauce. In its place is something Japanese and in this case, I used tsuyu.
Tsuyu is a rather concentrated sauce and so is usually diluted but since pasta on its own is tasteless and I didn’t season the rest of the ingredients, I used it in its concentrated form and the pasta turned out to be just nice – not too salty.
Here’s the simple recipe that guarantees you a one-dish meal in less than half an hour for the family. The butter and mushroom add a richer dimension to the simple dish so try not to leave that out. 🙂
- about 200-250g salmon fillet
- 10 white button mushrooms (whole), remove stem
- 250g (dry) spaghetti
- water and a pinch of salt to cook pasta
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 110ml tsuyu
- 30ml water
- kizaminori (shredded seaweed), amount as desired for garnishing
- Set the pasta to cook - cook it 1 minute less than instructed on package instructions with water and salt as it will be transferred to the pan when you are adding the sauce.
- Rinse and pat salmon fillet dry.
- Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and pan-fry the salmon till the centre just turns pink. Remove salmon and set aside.
- In the same pan, melt the butter and add the mushrooms. Let it cook for about 30 seconds then add 30ml water and allow the mushrooms to cook further for another 4-5min. There should be still some mushroom 'juice' in the pan at that time.
- Add and toss the cooked pasta in the pan so that the pasta can soak up the mushroomy goodness.
- Pour the tsuyu over the pasta and mix thoroughly, allow the pasta to sit for about 30 seconds to soak up the sauce.
- Plate the spaghetti.
- Toss salmon with the remaining sauce in the pan.
- Top pasta with mushrooms, cooked salmon pieces and remaining sauce (if any).
- Lastly, top with shredded seaweed.
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