Monday, October 31, 2011

HALLOWEEN Miso Simmered Eggplant Witch - Video Recipe

Miso simmered eggplant is a popular dish in Japan. I arranged it for Halloween ;)

Without a question, it goes great with white rice!!!

Miso Simmered Eggplant Witch

Difficulty: Medium
Time: 30min
Number of servings: 4

4 eggplants (5-6 inches long)
* 200ml Dashi broth (using packaged Dashi powder saves time)
* 1 tbsp. Mirin (sweet sake)
* 1 tbsp. Sake
* 1/2 tbsp. sugar
* 1 tbsp. red Miso
* 2 tbsp. white Miso
4 star-shaped carrot slices

1. Make "Chasen Nasu" and soak in water to remove the bitter taste. How to make "Chasen Nasu" is HERE:
2. Heat A in a deep pot, dissolve miso in 1/2 cup of Dashi broth, add Chasen Nasu and carrot slices, then cover with Otoshi Buta (drop-lid) and cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Flip eggplants, cover and simmer for another 10 minutes until the eggplants are tender.
3. Pour in the soup in a dish, then twist and press the eggplant by hand to form the witch shape.
5. Attach carrot slices with toothpicks (like magic sticks) and stick them into the eggplant witch.

Drop-lid is called "Otoshi Buta" a in Japanese. It is traditionally made of wood but you can use aluminum foil. They ensure that the heat is evenly distributed and reduce the tendency of liquid to boil with large bubbles and break the fragile ingredients.


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