Monday, May 30, 2005

RaViShInG rAvIoLi

I have a soft spot for filled pastas and I will never resist a chance to try them. Recently Isetan supermarket in KLCC had a promotion that allows you to purchase filled pasta. The pasta are air flown from Italy and are usually distributed to restaurants in Malaysia. Splashie Boy bought a few varieties for us to try on Saturday night.

The first one we tried was the lobster and crab meat ravioli which we had with fresh tomato sauce, some cream and shredded basil. The filling was sweet and tasty but my sauce was a bit overpowering.

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Since the tomato sauce was too strong for the ravioli, I decided to try a lighter sauce and made parmesan butter sauce for the pumpkin tortellini. Extremely simple recipe which just entailed melting butter in a pan, tossing the cooked pasta, freshly grated parmesan cheese and some water from boiling the pasta. Serve with more freshly grated parmesan cheese. The sauce went perfectly with the pasta. However, there was little pumpkin taste in the pasta.

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We still have one more variety to try, a truffle stuffed pasta so I hope that will taste nice. I must admit that I was not wholly impressed with the taste of the pasta although the lobster one was quite nice. If you're mad about filled pasta like me, I recommend Fasta Pasta at Ikano Power Centre which has a few ravioli dishes. They even have a vegetarian one with avocado and portions are huge. The California Pizza Kitchen in KLCC does an upmarket ravioli with Portobello Mushrooms as a stuffing and a cream sauce. Toscana's in Desa Sri Hartamas does huge ones with a creamy mushroom sauce and a salad topping so you don't find it too rich.

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