With their slender stems and tiny caps, enokis resemble noodles. So why not eat them like noodles? They're sold in clusters; slice off the solid bottom and pull into individual strands. Steam or boil them in salted water a minute or so, until tender, and toss with cooked pasta as you're about to sauce it. Even better: Heat a few inches of vegetable oil in a deep pot until shimmering and fry them, a handful at a time, until brown, about three minutes. Drain on paper towels; sprinkle with salt. The result: irresistible crisp-chewy umami bombs.
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