This was a dish I’ve been wanting to make for some time but it felt like a bit of a sacrilege to use good uni this way, so I did not make it until now. Catalina Offshore products sells four different kinds of uni; two kinds of live uni in a shell, California “premium” uni and “gold” uni with the gold uni being the best. I usually get the gold uni but this time, the only uni available was “premium”. The difference between the “gold” and “premium” is the color and texture; the gold uni has a nice golden color with a firm texture and the premium is yellower with a softer consistency. Both taste pretty similar to us but there is about a 100% difference in price. They also sell frozen “vana” uni which appears suitable to use for a sauce but we have not tried this.
In any case, because the premium uni has a softer consistency, I thought this was best for this pasta dish. Since this is still an excellent uni, I made sure not to cook the uni in order to preserve its fresh oceanic flavor.
While the pasta was draining, I melted butter (1 tbs) in a frying pan on medium flame. When the butter melted I added the drained pasta to coat. After I cut the fire, I added the mixture of uni and cream and coated the pasta.