Posts tagged “vegetables”

Easy Japanese-style Baked Eggplant

I love the umami deliciousness soy sauce can impart to… anything. This recipe comes from A Cook’s Journey to Japan by Sarah Marx Feldner. It’s slightly modified here - no deep frying of eggplant required - but relies predominantly on a simple dressing of mirin, soy sauce, grated garlic, and rice wine vinegar. The combination is outstanding and matches the eggplant perfectly.

Ingredients

3-5 long Japanese or Chinese Eggplants, quartered

3 tbsp mirin

3 tbsp soy sauce or tamari

3 tbsp rice wine vinegar

2 cloves grated garlic

5-10 leaves mint, cut into strips

Green onions, finely sliced

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350F. Toss the eggplant with vegetable oil and arrange on a baking sheet, flesh side down. Bake for 25 minutes, flipping once. Meanwhile, make your dressing by mixing the mirin, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and grated garlic. Remove eggplant from the oven, transfer to a serving dish, and coat with dressing. Top with mint and green onions.

Recipe: Yuba Rolls

VEGGIE YUBA ROLLS WITH MAITAKE, SPINACH, CABBAGE,
& SPRING ONIONS

umami

Slightly complex, but fun.

This was largely improvised. I've been wanting to try it out -- an attempt at gluten-free spring rolls. Yuba is the substance that rises to the top of boiled soil milk. It can be [carefully] removed, folded, and packaged. Many types are dehydrated -- the kind that you find at your local Asian superstore. That type should be rehydrated for a few minutes before cooking. If you have access to fresh yuba, there's no need to rehydrate.

Slice some maitakes -- perhaps 1.5 ounces -- and cut tofu into some long, thin strips. Slice green onions and shred some cabbage. Mix in whatever proportion you would like.

Season as necessary -- I added a little soy sauce, pepper, and srirachra. Fold up and fry. Done. Voila. Delicious.

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