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Sweet Simmered Eggplants and Onion in Sauce

Sweet Simmered Eggplants and Onion in Sauce

The umami of the eggplants and the sweet, juicy, soft onion sauce are wonderful together.

Ingredients

Eggplants (long slim type)
about 3 large
Finely chopped garlic
1 clove worth
Finely chopped or thinly sliced onion
1/4 of an onion worth
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Sugar
1 tablespoon or to taste
Mentsuyu (use as-is) or soy sauce
about 30 ml
Water
about 30 ml
Salt and pepper
A small amount
Real mirin
1 tablespoon
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Sesame oil and vegetable oil mixed in equal amounts
about 50 ml combined

Steps

1. Peel the eggplants, and slice each one lengthwise into about 4 pieces. (Cut into thick slices.)
2. Pan fry the eggplants in vegetable and sesame oil combined, until browned.
3. Turn the eggplant slices over, cover with a lid and steam-cook over low heat.
4. When the eggplants are done, take remove them from the pan.
5. Add the chopped onion and garlic to the pan. Add sugar and stir fry, then add the mentsuyu sauce, water and mirin.
6. Be sure to taste the sauce!! Add the eggplant back to the pan, and season with salt and pepper. Simmer over high heat for about 3 minutes to finish.
7. This is so yummy even though it uses so few ingredients!

Story Behind this Recipe

We got a huge amount of eggplants given to us, so I had to think up some recipes to use them up.
I think in this season, warm dishes are kinder to our bodies. Don't let your insides get too chilly!