“ Slender, long eggplants take on a velvety texture when steamed and are doused with a fiery garlic and sesame sauce. Vijay, Recipe Hunter ”
- Gochugaru (Korean Red Pepper Powder)
- Green Onion
- Japanese Eggplant
- Sesame Oil
- Sesame Seed
Steaming is a staple technique in Asian cuisines, from dumplings and buns to whole fish and vegetables. Cooking long and slender Japanese eggplants in a bath of steam allows them to become tender and velvety without turning into mush. After being cut into batons for easier eating using scissors (so you don’t tear them apart with a knife), the eggplant is doused in a Korean sauce of sesame oil, green onions, garlic, and gochugaru (coarse Korean red pepper powder, available at Asian markets). The soft texture of the eggplant pairs perfectly with the sharp bite and saltiness of the sauce, making this a vibrant side dish or quick and easy weeknight meal when served over brown rice.
“ These days family schedules are packed with activities often making it difficult to sit down to a decent meal. I’ve made the commitment to cooking and feeding my family real food and trying to create a positive connection with food. Good food does not have to be complex and fussy, but can be simple and nourishing. Eating is a basic necessity of life, why not enjoy it? ”
Amy Kim is the culinary voice behind Kimchi Mom, a blog that brings traditional and creative Korean inspired recipes to kitchens everywhere. Her recipes are influenced by the home cooked meals she remembers her own mother creating ranging from traditional Korean BBQ to Korean inspired ramen grilled cheese. Amy also pays close attention to creating her sauces from scratch emphasizing the unique spices and flavors that makes Korean cuisine unique. Simple in style yet complex in taste, Kimchi Mom is a great blog for anyone looking for something new to add to their international culinary repertoire.
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