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post #7441 of 25315
I love a good omurice, sometimes ketchup being a key component to the dish. But it's only an accent, and doesn't dominate or overwhelm the entire dish. A condiment as the prominent sauce sounds daunting. In this pasta dish, do you intentionally dilute the ketchup with the starch water from the pasta? Or do the other ingredients take enough of the edge off? I think a lot of the surprise is that with just a little more effort/really none at all, the flavors would be exponentially better. I loved canned mushrooms as a starving 18-yr old college student in the Midwest. Haven't touched it in decades. Even Papa John's switched over long ago.
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Spaghetti Napolitan, made with ketchup, vienna sausages, canned mushrooms, onions, and green peppers. The point is for it to taste as cheap as possible
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Just caught the last part of your comment, about tasting as cheap as possible. Got it. I seem to remember among certain gastronomic circles in Japan, that's the intent. The combini is the mecca for those seeking out such delights?
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i mean... just go out and eat some junk food... why make something so deliberately hateful? It's one thing to eat some crappy tikka masala or a kebab or a greasy burger but... to actually go and make that food... with your own hands..then eat it... And in your case it probably costs $27.
Hopefully, you really didn't spend more than several dollars to create this dish. If those ingredients are priced astronomically, like everything else western, then the point is lost.
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Just caught the last part of your comment, about tasting as cheap as possible. Got it. I seem to remember among certain gastronomic circles in Japan, that's the intent.

That really is the idea, it's a nostalgic dish from poorer times, when Japan didn't have 250 Michelin stars, nor much of anything.
Making Napolitan is similar to yakisoba, plus the boiling of the pasta, and less frying of the noodles at the end when it's all sauced. It's just a lightly sauced noodle with bits and pieces. It's not exactly Heinz ketchup on spaghetti with wieners from a can, it's more than usually nice ham, a light tomato sauce (or homemade ketchup) and then mushrooms and onions and peppers. You can dress it up or dress it down. This and the omurice (which you're right about, the chicken rice inside is made with ketchup and a crushed stock cube) are in the ghetto Asian post-war foods hall of fame. There's tons of Korean dishes made along the same ideas, except that Koreans still think that is normal food.
post #7445 of 25315
Also, come onnnnnn dudes. Napolitan is not the highest level of eating, nor would anyone claim it to be, but you can't tell me that the rest of the world does not make heinous ghetto foodstuffs as well when it's snacktime? Foreign people ask me all the time, 'what is American food?' and I have to go 'uhh...' and then give them a list of the obvious... but when you sit down and think about it, none of it really sounds sophisticated... nor healthy.. nor really all that American.
post #7446 of 25315
Weird thing... I have a few close japanese friends and they have some of the most sophisticated tastes and palates of all my friends (none of them are cooks.) And they all insist on every now and then eating something just, gross.

Like for this one girl I know, it's the spicy doritos. For another it's Orea Cakesters. They obviously talk about Japanese snacks all the time being so amazing and I have to admit they are superior. But yeah, this doesn't surprise me.

And a good friend of mine, also Japanese, and one of the only people I know who has spent as much time and money on fine dining as me, really likes to eat taco bell sometimes.

No fucking joke.
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while I'm in overtime here, check out my sick ass plastic Napolitan:
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This is my go-to snack.

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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post
Also, come onnnnnn dudes. Napolitan is not the highest level of eating, nor would anyone claim it to be, but you can't tell me that the rest of the world does not make heinous ghetto foodstuffs as well when it's snacktime? Foreign people ask me all the time, 'what is American food?' and I have to go 'uhh...' and then give them a list of the obvious... but when you sit down and think about it, none of it really sounds sophisticated... nor healthy.. nor really all that American.
+1 And thinking about american food. The the vast majority of foods that we've co-opted from Europe are generally much inferior versions. At least the japanese twist on the american/euro takes on an entirely new elegance. Think kit kats.
post #7450 of 25315
'on topic' - my lady love is in Japan today, so she sent me iPhone pics of her lunch - Napolitan at some place in Hakata-eki:
post #7451 of 25315
I've never seen parmesan on napolitan before.

More importantly...why the hell is she eating that in Hakata? There must be a million better food options at the station.
post #7452 of 25315
Really? Not even the green can stuff (which I think that is)? I have had it with and without. I think she was down in Tenjin to get her computer fixed and then went to lunch because she hadn't seen the new Hakata-eki. She said she went to Laduree after lunch and macarons are 6 for 5000Y now, LOL.
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They do have a bunch of good food at Hakata-eki now, though, you're right. They brought in a bunch of Michelin starred places and whatever else during that remodel recently. I can't remember but there is a substantial number of things there now.
post #7454 of 25315
My wife and I are on a low fat diet. Last night we had a delicious but simple salad of grilled chicken breast (skinless but marinated) romaine lettuce, mushrooms, red onion and tomatoes with a light sesame ginger dressing.
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My wife and I are on a low fat diet. Last night we had a delicious but simple salad of grilled chicken breast (skinless but marinated) romaine lettuce, mushrooms, red onion and tomatoes with a light sesame ginger dressing.

that sounds....... dismal.
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