Fried Eggplant with Cold Udon Noodles

揚げなすと玉ねぎの薄切りをのせた冷やしうどん

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Preparation: 15 Minutes
Cooking: 15 Minutes

This is a perfect summer dish of refreshing cold udon noodles in a chilled broth with tender fried eggplant. Try it with a hot spring poached egg.

Ingredients

Fresh

  • 450 ml (16 fl oz) Basic Dashi Stock (or use powdered dashi)
  • ½ onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 eggplant (aubergine), about 300 g (10½ oz)
  • 300 g (10½ oz) daikon radish, peeled and grated

Pantry

  • 2½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (250 ml) sunflower oil
  • 1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) frozen udon noodles or 400 g (14 oz) dried udon noodles
  • a pinch of shichimi togarashi (store-bought or homemade), to serve

Method

Mix the dashi, soy sauce and sugar together (or use Mentsuyu and water, see Tip), then transfer to the fridge to chill.

Fill a bowl with ice-cold water. Set a mandolin over the bowl and slice the onion very finely into the bowl. Leave the onion in the water until serving time.

Cut the eggplant in half lengthways, then into 12 finger-sized sticks. Heat the oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Fry the eggplant for 3 minutes, until golden brown. Remove the eggplant from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.

Cook the udon noodles according to the packet instructions, then drain and rinse under cold running water until cool.

Divide the noodles among four deep bowls. Top the noodles with the fried eggplant, onion and daikon. Pour the chilled broth over the noodles and sprinkle with shichimi togarashi, if using.