Deep-frying is a very popular method to cook Eggplant for this dish, but I would much prefer pan-frying as Eggplant sucks up a lot of Oil. This dipping sauce with meltingly soft Eggplant is absolutely delicious. Chill it and enjoy with cold noodles.
1 medium Eggplant *about 250g
1/2 Green Capsicum *optional
Oil for cooking
1 Spring Onion *finely chopped
2/3 teaspoon Dashi Powder *’Katsuobushi’ type recommended
4 tablespoons Mirin
5 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 small piece Ginger *grated
- Place all the sauce ingredients except Ginger in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Keep boiling for a few minutes. Place in a large bowl. Add grated Ginger and mix well.
- Cut Eggplant and Capsicum into bite-size pieces.
- Heat a generous amount Oil in a frying pan, cook Eggplant and Green Capsicum in batches. When nicely browned and cooked, add to the sauce in the bowl.
- Allow to cool, then chill in the fridge. Add some Spring Onion and enjoy with cold Somen Noodles, Soba Noodles or Udon Noodles (thinner type recommended). *Note: You may wish to add some Chilli.