Pasta purists: avert your eyes! Or, rather, read what I have to say before looking (closely) at the photos at the top of this week's entry for Sandi's and Gattina's Photo Hunts!
The reason I write this is because none of the pasta dishes above are the kind that would be seen in an Italian restaurant. I'd even go so far as to suggest that they are not meant to be looked upon as Asian takes on Italian dishes. Far more accurate to think of them as showing the love that people in certain Asian territories have for pasta -- hence their incorporating that ingredient into their cooking.
The top most photo is of a dish of -- brace yourself -- fried spaghetti with ox tongue, peas, carrots and tomatoes that's actually pretty yummy as well as substantial. (So yes, I did feel a need to go home and rest for a bit after eating it!). It was taken in the Goldfinch Restaurant, a dining establishment serving Soy Sauce Western cuisine that has a special place for Hong Kong film buffs as a result of it featuring in Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love (and again in 2046).
The second photo from the top is of a budget set that I frequently order whenever I eat at a branch of the Macau Restaurant chain that serves up "Macau-style" food here in Hong Kong. For less than HK$40 (~US$5.16), I get a bowl of macaroni, beef and vegetables in a tomato soup, a plate of sweet crispy bun slathered with butter and scrambled eggs, and a soft drink of my choice -- not bad, eh?
The third photo is of a plate of mentaiko spaghetti with a seaweed garnish and a slice of garlic bread. For the record: I love mentaiko -- on its own, with rice, stuffed into chicken wings or as a sauce. The first time I heard of this Japanese pasta concoction though, I must admit to thinking it a bit strange to have spicy pollack or cod roe and spaghetti in the same dish. As weird as it may sound though, it really works -- with the Tsim Sha Tsui branch of the Te chain being my go-to place for it these days.
So... would you guys be willing to try these dishes? Sure, they may not look the greatest but I really do find them tasty. And with that said, I'll hereby give my preaching about them a rest! ;b