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Deep-Fried Eggplants in Light Sauce

Deep-Fried Eggplants in Light Sauce

It's silky and melts in your mouth. You can really taste the delicious eggplants in this dish.

Ingredients: 3-4 servings

Eggplants (slim Japanese type)
5 medium
Vegetable oil (for deep frying)
as needed
Dashi stock
400 ml
Usukuchi soy sauce
3 tablespoons
Mirin
2 tablespoons
Sugar
1 teaspoon
Grated daikon radish
as much as you like
Grated ginger
a small amount
Bonito flakes
one pinch

Steps

1. Remove the stem ends of the eggplants, and cut into 3 cm thick round slices. Soak in water for a while to remove the bitterness. ●They seem big, but they will shrink after deep-frying, so please cut into large round slices.
2. Add the dashi stock, soy sauce, mirin, and sugar into a pot, then turn on the heat. When it starts to boil, wait for 1 minute, and turn off the heat.
3. Drain the Step 1 eggplants in a sieve, and completely wipe off the excess water with paper towels. Deep-fry in vegetable oil at high temperature. When they become golden brown, remove from the oil. Place them in the sieve, and pour on boiling water to drain off the excess oil.
4. Add the Step 3 eggplants into the Step 2 pot, and turn on the heat. Bring to a boil, and turn off the heat. Add the bonito flakes, and let the marinade cool down to make them absorb the flavour. Serve with grated daikon radish and ginger when you are ready to serve. Garnish with shiso leaves and green onions if you have them.

Story Behind this Recipe

The eggplants at a local delicatessen looked very delicious, so I tried cooking my own eggplant dish.