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Japanese clam and angelhair pasta

This dish is inspired by a recipe from Mark Robinson's Izakaya: The Japanese Pub Cookbook. Western ingredients such as pasta are often found in izakaya dishes - an interesting twist on traditional flavours.

You'll need

2 tbsp vegetable oil 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 350 gm mixed mushrooms such as shimeji, enoki and shiitake, trimmed, cut into 1cm slices 1 kg scrubbed and purged clams (see note) 40 ml sake 300 gm dried angelhair pasta 60 ml (¼ cup) soy sauce To serve: roasted black and white sesame seeds, julienned nori, thinly sliced spring onion and togarashi (see note)


  • 01
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, then add garlic and cook until tender (1-2 minutes). Add mushrooms and cook until starting to colour (2-3 minutes). Add clams and sake, stir to combine, cover with a lid and shake occasionally until clams open (5-6 minutes).
  • 02
  • Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente (5-6 minutes), drain (reserve 2 tbsp pasta water). Add pasta, pasta water and soy sauce to clams and stir to combine. Serve hot topped with sesame seeds, nori and togarashi.

Note Buy packets of purged clams from your fishmonger; or soak clams in cold water for 2 hours. Togarashi is sansho pepper seasoning, available from Japanese grocers.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

Drink Suggestion

Fruity junmai ginjo sake.

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Sep 2013

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