March 7, 2016

MOTOism: Karashi Mentaiko Extreme (Spicy Cured Cod Roe)

by Moto Yamamoto

Hi I am back, sorta. I’ve been making a lot of stuff from scratch. I spend half the week in the countryside, with a big-ass kitchen — it’s an ideal setting to be creative/adventurous with my cooking. The other day, I was at H Mart (the very best Korean supermarket with a ton of Japanese items, […]

July 30, 2013

Casa de Kei: Mentai Pasta with Shirasu

by Keisuke Akabori

Heat saute pan with olive oil, add napa cabbage, sauté for 30 seconds. Add mentaiko (spicy cod roe), chili flakes, and half of the shirasu (baby anchovies). Once slightly cooked, add pasta, stir and plate. Garnish with microgreens, shirasu, mentaiko and fried ginger (slow-fry ginger in olive oil until color and all liquid evaporates; ginger […]

March 28, 2013

Japanify: Mentaiko Rice Redux

by Yoko Kumano

Forgive me, I am going to cheat a little here… like that “100 Episodes of Seinfeld” episode. I think Umami Mart has been around long enough for something like that. So this is a re-post/interpretation of another post I wrote in Tokyo 4 years ago. The other day I got a tray of mentaiko (spicy cod […]

November 4, 2010

Japanify: Mentaiko Mayo Pasta with Shimeji Mushrooms

by Kayoko Akabori

Hi everyone, Kayoko here, filling in for Yoko’s column today. Yoko has set the bar quite high for tips, techniques and recipes on Japanese cooking, so I really thought hard about what I would be writing about. I browsed through all my Japanese cookbooks and magazines for ideas, and even consulted with some folks about […]

March 16, 2009

Mentaiko Rice Recipe

by Yoko Kumano

Mentaiko and sesame oil are meant to be together forever. I realized this when I first tried Mentaiko Gohan (Rice) at one of the izakayas I frequent. Luckily, the ingredients were so simple that I could recreate the dish to a T at home. It has since become my ultimate comfort food. Ingredients: 1 generous […]