Spaghetti meat sauce is one of the most popular pasta dishes in Japan. El dente spaghetti topped with ground meat, onions, carrots and celery all coated in a deliciously sweet tomato sauce. There's a good reason why kids love it!
What Is Spaghetti Meat Sauce?
Japanese spaghetti meat sauce is very similar to Italian bolognese, there's no doubt that the ingredients and flavours were inspired by bolognese.
But in true Japanese style, the taste has been adjusted to suit the Japanese pallet. So, what are the main differences?
1. Spaghetti meat sauce is a lot sweeter
First difference is spaghetti meat sauce is a lot sweeter than bolognese.
It usually uses tomato ketchup and sugar, and because of that, Japanese kids love spaghetti meat sauce more than adults.
2. It uses a lot of tomatoes
As far as I know, spaghetti meat sauce uses more tomatoes (specifically tinned tomatoes) and the sauce tends to be less meaty than bolognese sauce as well.
So more tomatoes, less meat. This contributes to the sweetness.
3. Spaghetti meat sauce always uses spaghetti
True bolognese in Bologne uses tagliatelle pasta right? But spaghetti meat sauce is always made with regular spaghetti.
4. Usually not mixed with sauce
Another thing is, spaghetti meat sauce is actually not mixed together when served.
This means that the spaghetti is served with the meat sauce on top of it, not mixed.
And I believe that's not common thing to do in Italy right?
Even though there are differences, the ingredients to make the spaghetti meat sauce are very similar to spaghetti bolognese.
Spaghetti meat sauce uses:
- Mince meat
- Tinned tomatoes
It's Similar To Spaghetti Bolognese in England?
So I lived in England for a long time and I've seen a lot of English families make bolognese there too.
In my opinion though, this Japanese spaghetti meat sauce is very similar to the bolognese that I saw in England rather than the ones you might see in Italy.
Check out the video "How to make Spaghetti Meat Sauce"
White T-Shirt VS. Meat Sauce
There's a funny thing about spaghetti meat sauce.
I mentioned earlier that spaghetti meat sauce is a favourite dish amongst kids, right?
When you are in Japan, you might encounter some kids wearing a white t-shirt with a big orange stain on the front. Here's the thing, when you eat spaghetti meat sauce as a kid, for some reason, you'd always be wearing a white t-shirt.
Why? No one knows. That's how the universe works it seems.
It pretty much guaranteed.
And trust me, you will never learn, even if you get told off by your mum as well. It's like some kinda rebellion, even though we probably didn't know we'd be eating meat sauce that day.
Kids always happen to wear white t-shirts when they're taking on some risky activity (Like eating spaghetti meat sauce haha).
Is it the same in your country?Print