Friday, November 16, 2007

Eggplant Japanese style

Yes, another eggplant dish. I know, I know this is not everyone favourite veggie but I do have a whole bag of them in the fridge, remember?

Anyway, watched channel 703 (what else?) late one night and saw this fastest talking and cooking Japanese lady in a program called Dosanko. She makes cooking look soooo easy. She did this marvelous eggplant dish that is so simple. Just a few and very easily available ingredients were used but the dish turned out so deliciously refreshing. Give it a try.

Eggplant Japanese Style
3-4 eggplants, trimmed and cut lengthwise into six
oil for deep frying

2 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1-2 teaspoon mirin
2 tablespoon water
2 slices ginger, chopped
2 garlic, chopped
1 sprigs spring onions, chopped
1 chilli, seeded and chopped (not in the original recipe but added for a bit of heat and color)

Mix all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl (taste and adjust amount of soy sauce and vinegar to suit your palate) and set aside.

Heat oil in pan and deep fry eggplant until just turn soft, lift out from oil before they turn golden. Do not over fried (according to the fast talking lady) or the skin of eggplant would be tough (very true, I almost always did overcooked the eggplants but not this time).

Arrange eggplants on a serving plate; pour the dressing over and serve. It is that simple.



frank said...

Yep, I've been watching 703 too. :p

Donsanko is the longest running tv series on cooking in the world. the lady looks unchanging but the men accompanying her seem to look really aged. :p

You are so right in that she makes everything look sooo easy.


a feast, everyday said...

Frank, watch d 'Man in Black' too.