ginger and miso glazed eggplant
- 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese rice wine)
- 2 tablespoons sake
- 2 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar
- ¼ cup (80g) white miso paste
- 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
- 8 Japanese (finger) eggplants+ (600g), halved
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- black sesame seeds, toasted, to serve
- dried bonito flakes++, to serve
- baby (micro) shiso leaves (optional), to serve
- Preheat a grill (broiler) to high. Place the mirin, sake, sugar, miso and ginger in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to the boil. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes and set aside. Brush the cut side of the eggplant with sesame oil.
- Place, cut-side up, on a large oven tray lined with aluminium foil. Grill (broil) for 4 minutes or until lightly golden. Brush with the miso glaze and cook for a further 6–8 minutes or until golden and the eggplant is cooked through.
- Sprinkle with the sesame seeds, bonito flakes and shiso to serve. Serves 4.
+ Japanese finger eggplants are also sold as ‘Lebanese’ eggplants. Find them in Asian grocers, greengrocers and some supermarkets.
++ Bonito flakes are Japanese dried fish flakes, available from specialty food stores and Asian grocers.
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