Please welcome the 1 tablespoon recipe. (Cue: Elvis voice “thank you, thank you very much”). My grandmother always made this delicious steamed eggplant dish that’s made with 1 tablespoon of each condiment, which makes the recipe super easy to remember. Miso is a traditional Japanese paste made from fermented soy beans and has a rich, salty, and sweet flavor. This is then complemented with the savory and slightly spicy taste of sacha sauce (沙茶酱), which is a Chinese condiment known for its use in Taiwanese, Fujian, and Teochew cuisine.
Total Time: 25 minutes
1 tbsp. sacha sauce
1 tbsp. red miso paste
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 tbsp. ginger, thinly sliced
1 tbsp. sesame oil
1) Wash and cut eggplants into 3.5″ long pieces. Cut each piece into quarters.
2) Mix sacha sauce, miso paste, soy sauce, garlic, and half of the ginger slices. Toss the mixture with the eggplant pieces in a bowl.
3) Bring water to a boil in a pot and place a steaming rack inside. Steam eggplant pieces on high heat for approximately 15 minutes.
4) Remove steamed eggplant from pot and serve by drizzling sesame oil and garnishing with remaining half of ginger slices.
This is a dish that you can serve either hot or cold. After steaming the eggplants, set aside to cool and refrigerate until ready to serve. It’ll be the perfect summer time appetizer!