Japanese Eggplant with Sweet Sour Sauce, Easy Side Dish

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This is a side dish that can be completed in a ziplock container. I recommend to using Japanese eggplant. they become tender and best for this.

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Black Beauty is Major

Eggplants are available all year round in Finland. However, most of them are Black Beauty eggplants. They are suitable for lasagna and other dishes because they do not soften when heated.
Lasagna with eggplant, Black Beauty
This lasagna is made with eggplant instead of pasta. Black Beauty is the suitable eggplant for this because it retains its texture after cook.

Long eggplant = Japanese eggplant

A few years ago, Japanilainen munakoiso (Japanese eggplant) was available only in summer and only at Lidl in Finland. Japanese eggplant is not Senryo eggplant, what is the majprity in Japan, but long eggplant. They are not the majority, but popular also, and the texture is similar to Senryo nasu. These days, you can buy them all year round at large supermarkets. Of course, they cost a certain amount of money.

Japanese Ziplocs are Great

When I came to Finland, I brought a Ziploc container with me. This is pretty high on my list of things I’m glad I brought with me.

Of course, there are storage containers in Finland, too. There are even plastic, microwave-safe ones.

But Ziplocs are transparent and you can see what’s inside, so there’s less chance of accidentally forgetting them in the fridge. They can withstand microwave heating, so they’re great for preparing vegetables. Best of all, they don’t leak, so they are a great help for lunch boxes and BBQs.

Recipe

Japanese Eggplant with Sweet and Sour Sauce, Easy Side Dish

This is a side dish that can be completed in a ziplock container. I recommend to using Japanese eggplant. they become tender and best for this.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Servings2 people
INGREDIENTS
  • Japanese eggplant 150 g
  • vinegar (5%) 2 tsp
  • soy sauce 2 tsp
  • sesame oil 2 tsp
  • brown sugar 1 tsp
  • roasted sesame seeds
EQUIPMENT
Ziploc storage container
Electronic scales
Measuring spoon
Knife
Cutting board
INSTRUCTIONS
Cooking
  • Cut eggplant lengthwise into 5 cm pieces.
  • Soak in water for about 5 minutes to remove any lye.
  • Drain, place in a heatproof container, and microwave for about 3 minutes.
  • Add all the seasonings to the container, mix well, and serve.
  • Leave it for a while for the flavors to meld well.
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