Recipe by Manami
Here is a quick, healthy, vegetarian dish that is a different take on an eggplant dish. Chef Allen Susser of Chef Allen's in Aventura, Fl. glazes it with soy sauce and mirin and sprinkles it with togarashi, a tangerine scented Japanese spice blend of chiles, sesame seeds and dried seaweed. F&W Magazine, 08/2008 edition from 'Green" Living Guide, Local Flavors.Cooking times are estimates. "Togarashi, the Japanese word for “chiles,” is a group of condiments always including chiles that bring out the clean, simple flavors of Japanese food. It works well with fatty foods such as unagi (broiled eel), tempuras, shabu shabu (small bits of food cooked in rich broth), noodle dishes, and yakitori (grilled dishes). Nanami togarashi is a close cousin, with a slightly different proportion of ingredients emphasizing citrus zest.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs large Japanese eggplants, cut crosswise 1 inch thick
- 1⁄4 cup canola oil
- 1⁄4 cup sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons mirin
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- nanami togarashi (pepper for sprinkling)
Directions See How It's Made
- Lightly sprinkle the eggplants on both sides with togarashi.
- In a very large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons each of the canola and sesame oils until shimmering.
- Add the eggplant and cook over moderately high heat until browned on the bottom, 4 minutes.
- Brush the eggplant with the remaining canola and sesame oil.
- Turn and cook until deeply browned on the bottom and tender.
- Add the mirin and soy sauce to the skillet.
- Turn the eggplant and cook until glazed, 1 minute; transfer to a platter, sprinkle with more togarashi and serve.
- *Togarashi spice blend is available at Asian markets.