Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Eggplant Teriyaki Don

Speedy one skillet dish

DSC_6082While looking for something else in the refrigerator I spotted the PURPLE! Eggplant is my least go-to vegetable though, a store was having a great sale…I bought it…that was more than two weeks ago…oopsy but lucky! it still looks plump and elegantly gangling…opposite of me!

I think I mentioned it before but If I am stuck on what to make for supper then I search for clues at Cookpad.com. Type in the name of the ingredients in the search box (just like allrecipe.com, right?), and voila! Thousands of recipes to choose from….yowza!
What attracted me to this recipe is simplicity and quick clean up.

Ingredients and Instruction for 2 servings (Print Recipe Here)

Note: seasoning is suggestion, adjust according to your taste.

  • 4 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons of sake
  • 4 Tablespoons mirin (seasoned cooking sake wine)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar, preferably *Sanonto (三温糖) sugar, fine to substitute with light brown sugar *In my old 2012 post I used this type of sugar in one of my favorite bread and see photos of the gorgeous hotel I stayed.
  • 2-3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 eggplant approximately 8 oz..Slice or cut in big chunksDSC_6084
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced pork, slice in half if it’s too wide
  • 2-3 Tablespoons potato starch
  • 8-10 shiso leaves sliced (optional but nice to have)
  • Toasted white sesame seeds (optional)
  • Cooked rice
  1. Mix soy sauce, sake, mirin and sugar in a small bowl. Set asideDSC_6055
  2. Dust eggplant and pork lightly with potato starch. I put eggplant in bag with potato starch to shake to coat.
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  3. Heat oil in nonstick frying pan at medium heat. Add eggplant and sauté till limp then add pork and sauté until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes. Note: add more oil if the pan seems too dry.DSC_6062DSC_6063
  4. Give soy sauce mixture (step #1) one last stir and pour the mixture around the perimeter of the pan. Quickly stir to coat all ingredients, about 1 minute. Variation: Pour 1/4 cup water for saucy version. Add little bit of gochujang if you like it hot!DSC_6068DSC_6077
  5. Serve over warm rice and top with shiso leaves or white sesame seeds.. DSC_6070

Last weeks' Today’s TAPAS – Inari sushi fun! Chicks and peas in a pod, pickles.IMG_2893
Against definition of tapas – ‘You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means’ – I post dessert once in a while. Below is Vanilla and Chocolate Custard, fresh Mango rose. IMG_2903

The highlight of last week – Some from my husband’s office had an opportunity to volunteer one day to cook and serve for homeless youth at downtown Portland. IMG_2500

I think those are daffodils blooming in the distance… cheerful sight isn’t it?IMG_2895

Have a wonderful week!

27 comments:

  1. oh wow! It looks terrific! I think I should start eating more eggplants. I was eating them really often few years ago! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you very much Marcela. Love your shamrock cookies, I would like to make some for my neighbors.

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    2. Thank you! I am sure they're gonna love them as much as I did :)

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  2. I love eggplants, but do not buy them often enough...I love the way to prepared it, with pork...delicious with rice...
    Enjoy your week :)

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    1. Thank you Juliana. I really like to make your crab cake...actually love to have it tonight...but tonight's menu is left over! which I'm grateful that I'm off from cooking!

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  3. Hi Nippon Nin,

    Your teriyaki eggplant looks stickily yummy! This is my kind of teriyaki :D

    Your chicks and peas in a pod inari are so cute... I have to show my son these!

    Zoe

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    1. Thank you Zoe. Your Easter cookies look adorable. The homemade Oreo cookies looks better than original! You're so talented!

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  4. It looks wonderful!!! :) In response to your question on my blog post...I do post every day, I like to make sure people have encouraging quotes and videos to brighten their day, every day. Hugs. :)

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  5. It looks wonderful!!! :) In response to your question on my blog post...I do post every day, I like to make sure people have encouraging quotes and videos to brighten their day, every day. Hugs. :)

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  6. I love eggplant, and your dish looks wonderful!

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    1. Thank you so much Jalna! Jake Shimabukuro is in Portland. We wanted to go his show but tickets are sold out...sad.

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  7. Your eggplant dish looks gorgeous.... a one dish meal!

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment.

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  8. Lucky you got purple eggplant in the fridge! We have to wait for ours to grow in the garden...but planted a lot! Got to try terriyaki eggplant with rice, sounds so nice...can't wait for our lucky day too:) The chicks and peas in a pod is so kawaii!! Happy Springtime!!

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  9. こんばんは。 いつも美味しそうですね。稲荷ずしもとても可愛いです。 茄子の形に驚きました。  ホームレスもきっと大喜ろこびですね。 水仙の花藻綺麗です。

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    1. ありがとうございます。簡単にできるので、時間に追われているときはこれで勝負と言う感じの料理です。いつか試してくださいね。 斎藤さんのこれからの旅行予定はどうなっていますか?石垣のポスト、大変きれいでした。 次も楽しみです。

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  10. なすの照り焼き、いいですね。冷蔵庫に鶏肉があるので薄くスライスして、なすと鶏肉の照り焼きどんぶりつくりま~す。ポテトスターチは片栗粉のようなものでしょうね、こちらでは見たことがありません。ご主人のお仲間も素晴らしい方々ですね。料理は人を幸せにします。このブログでいつも幸せな気持ちになります。

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    1. コメントに感謝しています。 いつも写真の素晴らしさに感動してます。 いつかお会いしたいです。

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  11. Doesn't teriyaki sauce make everything particularly tasty? A simple yet very tasty dish.

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    1. Thank you very much Angie! I always have very nice time visiting your blog...everything look so delicious!

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  12. Pork and eggplant are such a perfect combination, aren't they? Teriyaki just makes it taste heavenly... Your dish looks so beautiful, but the tapas are one of the cutest things to eat I've ever seen.
    (Haha! You know, I browse through Japanese cookpad when I feel very brave about my Japanese and ready to spend some time deciphering kanji and going through dictionaries ;-) but I love it! food and language : the best way to study).

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    1. Thank you Sissi! Thank you for the great chawanmushi recipe! I know I can spend hours on the cookpad site...which is not so great sometime but...you know...I have other things to do like French study...Qui aime manger? so hard!

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    2. At least you can practice it through reading... while reading in Japanese will always be my unfulfilled dream.

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  13. Eggplant isn't always front and center in my mind either, but this dish looks delicious! Love the chicks and peas-in-a-pod sushi too :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I' so excited try your strawberry and chia oatmeal pie...for breakfast!

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