Even though I like to eat sea urchin raw and simple usually, I love sea urchin spaghetti! It is very popular in Japan. The way Japanes prepar this dish is very simple. Ingredients consist sea urchin, sea salt, spaghetti, cream and for the garnish, Nori (Dry seaweed) and Ooba (Japanese mint leaf). Some people add squid, Salmon eggs or cod eggs. I like it very simple so that you can taste mild sweet flavor of sea urchin.
I also tasted this dish in Capri Italy. The one I tasted was very simple, almost like the Japanese one. After searching on the web, I have realized Sicilians eat sea urchin spaghetti as well.
Spicy Spaghetti with Sea Urchins and Bottarga Recipe
I wanted to eat sea urchin spaghetti in San Francisco and I found a restaurant who serves it and I was very excited! The name of the restaurant is TWO and the name of the dish was "Spaghetti, Sea urchin, Brown Garlic, Chili, Parsley" I was VERY Disappointed! The dish tasted like it was made for someone who do not like sea urchin. The chef did a great job hiding the wonderful texture and sea taste of sea urchin... The bread crust and butter around the sea urchin were too overwhelming. Could not taste the sea urchin goodness. It was too garlicky (I love garlic but not for this dish) and too salty. The spaghetti was not cooked al dente। $18 (small potion $10) You can read my review of this restaurant at yelp
22 Hawthorne Street, SanFrancisco, CA 94105 Phone: 415-777-9779
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