soba salad w/ eggplant

Soba Noodles Salad w/ Roasted Eggplant
Serves 1

1 medium eggplant, diced
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 bundle of soba noodles
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp peanut oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
pinch of sea salt
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
2 tsp soya sauce
1 tsp dark brown sugar
1 tsp clear rice wine
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1. Place the diced eggplant in a bowl, toss with salt and leave to stand for 15-20 minutes to leach out water and bitterness before roasting. Rinse shortly under cold water, drain and pat dry with paper towel.

2. Preheat the oven to 170C. Put the eggplant on a baking sheet and toss with some sesame oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Take the baking sheet out of the oven after 15 minutes and push around the eggplant so that they bake evenly.

3. While the eggplant is baking, heat the sesame seeds in a wide frying pan over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally. Remove them when they darken and become fragrant, about 2-3 minutes, and let them cool.

4. Cook the soba noodles according to the package directions. Once the noodles are cooked, rinse them under cold water and drain well. Transfer to a medium bowl and toss with 1 tsp of oil to prevent noodles from sticking.

5. With a knife, mash the garlic and salt into a paste. In a small bowl, combine the garlic paste, ginger, soya sauce, sugar and rice wine and whisk until blended.

6. Add the roasted eggplant to the bowl with noodles, combine with the dressing and toasted sesame seeds. Toss well and garnish with chopped cilantro.

{Image and recipe from Šárka of Cook Your Dream}

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6 thoughts on “soba salad w/ eggplant

  1. rachel says:

    mmm… looks so delicious. I’ll definitely have to give this a try!

  2. I have been in the biggest food rut lately. Can you believe that? All my time has been channeled into school and blog stuff — and I’m still not getting everything done that I need to get done! I’ll have to bookmark this one for now and come back to it when things calm down a bit.

  3. mariana says:

    this sounds and looks divine! thank you for the recipe.. MUST try it!

  4. investment says:

    Looks very healthy and yummy. :)

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