Thursday, November 24, 2011

Eggplant + Daikon


I'm not much a fan of eggplant but the bunches of them at the Japanese farmer's stall at my weekly market proved irresistible.  I went home and started looking for recipes, opting for this one just because I already had all but one of the ingredients. Didn't turn out so bad, but was more savory than I would have liked; I could've used more eggplant (note to self: "one large aubergine," as called for by the recipe, equals at least three of the long, skinny Japanese ones)...or less miso.  Not bad for a first go, though.  And even better after I added a bit of tofu.

I have been happy to find daikon back at market and stewed some up to go along with my eggplant. It's a very easy recipe that yields good results; I always make some extra for The Goo, who loves it.

daikon[daikon, stewing]

Stewed Daikon (my approximate recipe)

Daikon radish
Kombu (dried seaweed)
Katsuobushi (flakes or granules)
1 tsp Soy sauce
2 Tbs Mirin

Boil water and add a roughly 4" x 4" square of kombu; add a handful of katsuobushi flakes (or about 1/2 tsp granules); let boil a few moments and remove konbu and katsuobushi.

Cut and peel daikon; cut into 1" thick coins.  Halve, third, or quarter as you like (I cut smaller for The Goo). Add one layer to pot of stock, bring to a boil.

Mix soy sauce and mirin and stir into pot; simmer, covered, for the next 15-20 minutes, until daikon becomes translucent.


  1. Thanks for the link, Jean!

    Hope the recipe worked out for you. I agree, it works better with the skinny Japanese or Asian eggplant which has a smoother texture.

    Your stewed daikon recipe looks really easy and tasty!

  2. And thanks for the recipe, Gilbert! Try the daikon sometime!

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