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Spaghetti with Cream of Sea Urchin Eggs

Like I said about my encounter with intestine soup, don’t gag until you’ve tried it! Admittedly, this “Italian” speciality is about as autentico as Burger Pizza, but it was surprisingly delicious. And thankfully, this Shimo-kitazawa restaurant understood that if you try to use chopsticks to eat noodles that are covered in European-style sauces, you end up with sea urchin eggs all over your face.

If you’d like to visit Shimo-kitazawa the next time you’re in Tokyo, a map are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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