Friday, August 20, 2010

Juicy Tender Simmered Eggplant and Shimeji

This is my favorite recipe! Shimeji is a Japanese mushroom which is rich in umami (savoriness) tasting compounds such as guanylic acid, glutamic acid, and aspartic acid. I combined it with hon-dashi (packaged dashi powder) to give more of umami for eggplant to absorb! This tender eggplant really works up our appetite and goes great with white rice. Mmm yummy :P

Juicy Tender Simmered Eggplant and Shimeji

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 15min
Number of servings: 2

200g (0.4lb.) shimeji mushroom
200g (0.4lb.) Japanese eggplant
100g (0.2lb.) ground beef and pork
* 2 tbsp. soy sauce
* 1 tbsp. mirin (sweet sake)
* 1 tbsp. sake
* 1 tsp. hon-dashi (packaged dashi powder)
* 1 tsp. grated shoga (ginger root)
* a pinch of sugar
sesame oil

1. Chop eggplant into chunks and soak them in water to remove the oxalic acid and drain. Remove tough base of shimeji mushroom and break into bite-sized chunks.
2. Heat sesame oil in a pan, cook (stir around) ground beef and pork, add A, eggplant, and shimeji mushroom, and simmer until the liquid is almost gone and tender.

My original recipe in Japanese is here.

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