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

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Juicy Tender Simmered Eggplant and Shimeji

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

Ingredients:
200g (0.4lb.) shimeji mushroom
200g (0.4lb.) Japanese eggplant
100g (0.2lb.) ground beef and pork
A
* 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

Directions:
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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4 comments:

  1. Is it okay if I make a request? Could you post your favorite Nabe recipe, please? I'd love to learn how to make it!

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  2. My friend made this for me yesterday - with green bell peppers as well. It was SOOO good and I asked him for the recipe. But I know he'll never remember to write it out for me... so I was very happy to find this recipe through Twitter. Thank you!
    I started a food blog recently (http://www.cathysfoodadventures.blogspot.com) and I want to blog about this recipe.

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  3. Hi LadyDeath777,

    Thanks for your comment, and yes, you are welcome to make a request. I have so many nabe recipes but I once have translated my darling's favorite one: Ton (Pork) Balls Nabe. Sukiyaki is great, too!

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  4. Hi Cathy,

    With green bell peppers sounds nice :D
    Wow! You came from New Zealand!!! I saw your posts. Very interesting! I will follow your updates, so keep it up ;)

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