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Fried Eggplant with Miso and Melted Cheese

Fried Eggplant with Miso and Melted Cheese

This is a delicious dish with some melted cheese on eggplant.
The julienned shiso leaf makes it a fancy dish!

Ingredients: 4 servings

Eggplants - small Japanese type
2 stalks
Cheese (easy melting type)
To taste
Shiso leaves
4 lashes
White sesame seeds
To taste
Vegetable oil (for frying)
2 tablespoons
Sake (for steaming)
1 tablespoon
Miso sauce ingredients
Miso
2 tablespoons
Sugar
1 tablespoon
Water
1 tablespoon
Sake
1 tablespoon
Mirin
1/2 tablespoon

Steps

1. Mix the ingredients for the miso sauce in a small pan on low to medium heat and keep stirring until it becomes a little thicker, then turn off the heat.
2. Julienne the shiso leaves. You can julienne it neatly, if you roll up several leaves, then cut.
3. Discard the tops of the eggplant and cut into half. Put about 1 cm deep cut on the surface like the picture.
4. Heat oil in a frying pan, heat on medium, then pan-fry the eggplants from the cut side until browned.
5. When the surface of the eggplants has browned, reduce the heat to low, flip the eggplants and fry the other side. Pour sake in the pan and cover the frying pan with a lid and steam.
6. Spread the miso sauce on the eggplants once they soften.
7. Sprinkle with cheese, put 1 teaspoon of water, cover again with a lid, and heat on medium. When the cheese has melted, top with some shiso leaves and white sesame seeds and it is ready.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is one of my favorite eggplant recipes that I'd like to recommend.