Japanese Mini-Mart’s Yummy Mentaiko Pasta

HEAR (Click links below to listen/ download podcasts):

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Every is a Japanese Mini-Mart on one side and a Cafe on the other!

Hello Makan Kakis! This week, our foodie friend Audrey Lee of Little House of Dreams returns for a catch-up (her cafe has moved to Tiong Bahru!) and tells us all about her new F&B concept EasyFood – gourmet meals & pastries at wholesale prices that are quick, convenient & wholesome. Scroll down for details! She also shares her favourite picks for festive goodies from the Little House of Dreams bakery, which you can hear all about in the podcasts above.

Audrey also recommends her favourite Mentaiko Pasta ($9.50), found in a little corner of Havelock Road, better known for the bak kut teh. Surprisingly, the pasta (and other Japanese fusion dishes) can be found, in of all places, a Japanese mini-mart called Every. It stocks food, drinks, cooking sauces, toiletries and lots of bits & bobs imported from Japan in their retail side and then the other half of the space houses a little cafe. They do great set meals, from rice bowls to noodle dishes and also have an ala carte menu featuring sides, snacks and yes, Audrey’s favourite pasta.

You can dine-in, takeaway or order food delivery online. In this case, it was a takeaway that took less than 20 minutes and was mouth-wateringly fragrant when the package was opened up at home. The sauce was thoughtfully packed separately, so the pasta didn’t get soggy or gluggy. And best of all, there was A LOT of it, which means you can control how much or how little you mix into the spaghetti, which stayed nicely al dente.

The creamy sauce was a delicate orangey-pink from the colour of the mentaiko, with a very generous amount of the salted, marinated cod roe dispersed throughout. They even added another little dollop of bright vermillion mentaiko on top of the pasta for extra colour and flavour.

The teensy tiny eggs, like minute jewels, clung saucily to every strand of spaghetti, infusing every bite with intensely umami flavour. The mentaiko’s saltiness was balanced by the silky-rich cream of the sauce and as Audrey puts it, “every bite that you take kinda hooks you, till you finish it. It’s really satisfying.”

So saucy! Yum!

On the mini-mart side of Every, you’ll find these ready foods in the chiller, just like convenience stores in Japan. Desserts, fresh tuna or chicken salads, egg & katsu sandwiches and more are available for you to grab and go.

TASTE:
EVERY (Japanese Mini-mart & Cafe)
593 Havelock Road, #01-03/04, Isetan Office Building, S(169641)
Open Daily: 10am – 10pm
Tel: +65 69040555
Branches located Potong Pasir & International Plaza
Food Delivery available via FoodPanda, Deliveroo & Grab


EASYFOOD
Just so you can have a look at what Audrey’s new F&B concept EasyFood is all about, scroll down! Everything is cooked, then blast frozen and packed for ready-to-eat delivery. Simply reheat! Order online here!

From savouries to sweets and special bundles, you’ll get wholesome meals that are ready in minutes. Reheating instructions are really simple to follow and these are great for time-crunched families who need convenient meals that won’t break the bank. Costs are very competitive and set at wholesale prices.

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