Grilled Eggplant with Ginger

焼きなすと生姜

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Serves:

    4

Appears in

Japanese Food Made Easy

Japanese Food Made Easy

By Aya Nishimura

Published 2020

  • About
Preparation: 10 Minutes
Cooking: 15–20 Minutes

This dish reminds me of Japanese summers, when eggplant is in season. It’s a great accompaniment to udon or soba noodles with a cold broth.

Ingredients

Fresh

  • 2 large eggplant (aubergines), about 330 g (11½ oz) each
  • 2 spring onions (scallions), finely shredded
  • 30 g (1 oz) fresh ginger, peeled and grated

Pantry

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) soy sauce

Method

Heat a chargrill pan over medium heat. Put the whole eggplant in the pan and grill for about 15–20 minutes, turning often, until the skin is charred. Test with a skewer to see if the eggplant are soft enough. Don’t worry much if the skin is really charred since the smokiness is an important part of this dish’s flavour.

When the eggplant are cool enough to handle, peel the skin from the top to the bottom. Cut both eggplant in half lengthways, then cut each half into two strips so that you have eight long pieces.

Serve the eggplant strips in a bowl, topped with the spring onion and grated ginger, and drizzled with the soy sauce.