A couple weeks ago when I was on my Ahi Tuna kick preparing Japanese inspired dishes left and right, I remembered a dish I had grown to love while working at a Japanese restaurant in college, Sweet Miso Eggplant, also known as Nasu Dengaku in Japanese.
I quickly picked up some Japanese Eggplant at my friendly neighborhood Asian market and cruised home to make the dish.
I originally planned to make this dish as a side, but then decided to add some carrots and pour the vegetables over white rice to make a delicious Vegetarian Rice Bowl for dinner.
The result was a super scrumptious side dish-turned-dinner!
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 lb carrots (chopped)
- 3 small Japanese eggplants (sliced)
- 1 cup white miso
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp fresh ginger (zested)
- 1 cup white rice
I’d like to start this recipe off by showing you a picture of my “walking man” carrots!
Don’t they look like a pair of legs walking? Haha. Ok, well hopefully it made you laugh, maybe, just a little! Now on to the recipe!
Begin by heating the olive oil in a wok or large skillet. Next, add the carrots and sauté for 5 minutes, then add the japanese eggplant and sauté for an additional 3-4 minutes.
While the vegetables are sautéing, prepare the sweet miso sauce by combing the miso, brown sugar, hoisin sauce, white wine vinegar, water and ginger in a small bowl.
If white miso is not available, yellow miso can be used. The darker the miso, the saltier, the lighter in color, the sweeter, therefore when preparing a sweet miso sauce, the lightest color miso available is the best choice! Depending on the sweetness or saltiness of the miso used, the amount of brown sugar can be altered slightly more or less!
Next, pour the sauce over the vegetables.
Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
While the vegetables are cooking prepare the rice on the stove or in a rice cooker.
Spoon the cooked vegetables over the rice and serve.
Top with chopped chives as a garnish if desired.
♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.
♦ Gluten Free Option: All of the ingredients pictured above in this recipe are gluten-free.
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