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Recipe for Nagatsuki (September) : Fried Marinated Egg Plant

Early autumn is the best season for eggplant. It is even called “the diamond of the farm” due to its twinkling beauty. The most common violet color goes well with oil. Also when boiled, as it cools down the color becomes more vibrant. To enhance the anthocyanin color, you can put iron material in the boiling water (very common in Japanese cooking to add nails when boiling sweet black beans), or cook in an iron pan.

Key Notes: The eggplant will turn a vibrant violet color when soaked with iron.

Fried Marinated Eggplant (proper portion)

Fried Marinated Eggplant (proper portion)
Eggplant 4
Manganji Pepper 4
Salt
Oil

Marinated sauce
Happo dashi* 2 1/2 cups
Light Soy Sauce tablespoon 1
Cane sugar teaspoon 2
Salt
Red chili pepper (take out seed, grinded) 1

*Happo dashi…is dashi broth, sake, and mirin(sweet cooking sake)mixed 8:1:1. Mix together, heat up till alcohol evaporates. Very useful and can be used as basic seasoning for typical Japanese stewed dishes.

Method

1. Chop off the leafy stem of the eggplant, then cut lengthwise in half. Make shallow cuts every 5mm on the eggplant skin, leave in salt water for 5min. Weight down with a pan lid to keep the eggplant from floating.

2. Make few cuts in the Manganji pepper.

3. Make marinated sauce. In a pan heat up Happo dashi, light soy sauce, cane sugar, salt, chili pepper, and iron.

4. Soak off water from eggplant with a paper towel, fry in 170°C cooking oil, skin down. When well cooked, take out, drench oil, and soak in marinated broth while eggplant and broth is still hot. Do the same with the Manganji pepper; soak off water, fry, drench, and add to broth. Leave to let cool down.

5. Shred ginger in fine thin strips, leave in water.

6. In a bowl, put in eggplant and pepper from 4, add some dashi broth, top with heaps of ginger (remember to drain off water from ginger before adding.)

Yuri Nomura

Food coordinator. She runs "eatrip", a company that organise food events and caterings. http://www.babajiji.com