October 10, 2017

Recipe Corner: Mackerel Miso Pasta by Chef Takashi

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  • Craving for pasta? Here’s an impressive recipe by Japanese Chef Takashi Kawasaki that turned a common grocery canned food into a prime ingredient of a delicious and healthy pasta dish. Check out Chef Takashi’s Mackerel Miso Pasta!

    Prep time: 15 minutes
    Yield: 4 servings


    • Mackerel 1 can (150g)
    • Pasta 150g
    • Okra 1 pc
    • Red onion ½ glove
    • Red bell pepper ½ pc
    • Ginger 5g
    • Miso paste 1 tbsp
    • Kikkoman 1 tbsp
    • Sugar 1 tsp
    • Salt & pepper
    • Water ¼ cup
    • Lemon slices


    1. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Boil okra in the same pan.
    2. Open the Mackerel can and separate the oil.
    3. For the sauce, sauté the red onion, red bell pepper and ginger in a saucepan. Add the mackerel oil.
    4. Add seasonings (miso paste, Kikkoman & sugar), and place the Mackerel meat on top.
    5. Remove the Mackerel meat from the saucepan; it will be used for topping.
    6. Mix the cooked pasta and sauce. Add salt & pepper to taste.
    7. Decorate the plate with mackerel meat and sliced okra.

    About the Chef:

    Chef Takashi Kawasaki has been living in the Philippines for six years and is the owner of a Japanese restaurant “Takashi Japanese Cuisine Corp” with branches in Pasig and Salcedo, Makati.

    He started his career in the Philippines as an instructor of Japanese cuisine in Gala Stars Culinary in 2014 while working as a chef in a Japanese restaurant. The owner of Pioneer Center, who was also one of his students before, offered him a space to open a Japanese restaurant in the building. The concept of Takashi Japanese Cuisine Corp is to offer authentic Japanese food at an affordable price. They opened their second branch in Makati area last year and is planning to open a new branch soon.

    If you visit a Philippine household, chances are you’ll probably see various kinds of canned products in their pantry.  This time, I want to experiment with a recipe and use canned Mackerel in an elevated way. I chose mackerel because it is delicious and extremely healthy, containing essential Omega-3 fatty acids. It is said that mackerel prevents cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, age-related vision loss, and dementia.

    Also read: Takashi Japanese Restaurant: Home of the Panda Sushi

    More about Takashi Japanese Cuisine Corp:

    1st branch: Pioneer Center, Pasig
    2nd branch: Salcedo Village, Makati
    Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TakashiJapaneseCuisine
    Email: t.kawasaki@simplejapanesefood.com

    This also appears in Philippine Primer magazine October issue

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