100 Favorite Dishes: Uni Angel Hair Pasta From Hiro's Yakko-San

100 Favorite Dishes: Uni Angel Hair Pasta From Hiro's Yakko-San
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As a countdown to the Best Of Broward Palm Beach 2010, coming in May, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to John.Linn@BrowardPalmBeach.com.

No. 49: Uni Angel Hair Pasta from Hiro's Yakko-San

The prized roe from a spiny sea urchin, uni is akin to the great ingredients of the world -- foie gras, truffle, caviar -- in that its flavor is unlike anything else on the planet. Elemental and pungent, uni is everything sexy about the ocean distilled into one bright-orange bite.    

At Hiro's Yakko-San,

a North Miami Japanese restaurant, that flavor becomes the base for a

plate of luscious angel hair pasta. The uni is served on top of the

pasta, flecked bits of seaweed, scallion, cream, and red globes of

salmon roe. But to eat it properly, you mix the uni around in the pasta

until it forms a creamy, orange sauce. It might sound odd, but what you

get is great in the same way truffle oil is: deeply potent and oceanic,

tasting of uni but also a perfectly balanced pasta dish, with a little

explosion of salinity owing to the roe. It's fantastic eating and even

better if shared among friends.

Click here for an archive of the previous 100 Favorite Dishes.


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