Soba Noodles Salad with Roasted Eggplant



What are your favourite eggplant recipes? I really like eggplants, however I've realised recently, I don't cook with them very often. I assume the reason is that majority of recipes using eggplant are very similar. The most common eggplant recipes are either ratatouille or stuffed and baked eggplant. I'm not saying those are not tasty, but I like experimenting with new recipes and exploring new possibilities of using my favourite ingredients.


Since I had recently bought many eggplants at a local market, I thought it would be a good opportunity to try a fresh new recipe. I was googling for a while and found several tempting recipes. I'm a pasta maniac, and so my first thought led me to a pasta with eggplant. But it looked too boring at that moment.

Then I suddenly got an idea! Eggplant is widely used in Asian cuisines. I love Asian cuisines! Especially Thai cuisine is on top of my favourite cuisine list at the moment. However, I have recently fell in love with soba noodles. Soba noodles and eggplant sounded like a harmonic and perfect combo.


I started new search for soba noodle and eggplant recipes. I found only a few recipes, but it was enough for me. I rarely follow a recipe exactly. I prefer to read several recipes and combine them into my own one. That's exactly what I did this time. I loved the result.


Soba noodles salad with 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.



24 comments :

  1. This looks great, Sari. I just made an eggplant dish that reminded me of how much I love the vegetable. I also rarely stick to a recipe exactly, especially with savory foods.

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  2. Sari, this dish looks so delicious. I'm also a huge aubergine fan. I have come across lovely ways of cooking it The Indian way, the Chinese way...when I have a moment I will collate a few links and send them to you.

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  3. That combination is gorgeous! Lovely flavors and textures.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. Sari that looks fantastic. I love the combination of the roasted eggplant and soba noodles - sounds very healthy too!

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  5. Love that you used the eggplants differently. Soba noodles are so good so this to me is a perfect meal. Thanks for sharing Sari.

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  6. Stunning photos Sari, all the different browns work so wonderful together! I especially love the first pic.

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  7. This looks great! I love aggplant as well, but usually enjoy it in Italian-inspired dishes. Great ideas, since I love Asian food!

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  8. I love how versatile the eggplant is - gets well used all across the world! My current favourite is a chinese dish - bowl steamed - where I briefly fry sliced aubergine then steam for 30 minutes or so with garlic and black beans for a stunner of a dish.

    Will try yours though - it looks gorgeous in your photos.

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  9. Sounds absolutely delicious, and healthy too! Can't wait to make this for lunch sometime, perhaps adding a hint of wasabe for a kick ;) Absolutely gorgeous pictures - I see you're enjoying your new camera!

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  10. I love aubergine and Bron is so right, it is very versatile and all over the world people use it different ways. Love the look of this and I will definitely give it a try. Your photo's are stunning. xx

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  11. I tasted soba noodles just once, I made them by myself and I didn't like them very much....but I have to try the original to confirm that I don't like them at all...Thanks for the idea, I finally found fresh coriander so I can make the recipe exactly as you did... ^_^

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  12. That looks so gorgeous! I love eggplant too but for some reason there are a lot of recipes out there that do not put them to good use, so to speak. This one looks delicious and definitely worth trying.

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  13. Seriously mouth watering dish! Sounds like a really simple way to let the beautiful flavour of eggplant shine!

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  14. Mmm, I love soba noodles - and aubergines!! I love making them into baba ganoush or melanzane parmiggiana :) Lovely pics.

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  15. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. I'm a big fan of all the ingredients used here.

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  16. Sari, this sounds just delish! I don't cook with eggplant all that often as I am the only one in the family that enjoys it but this I must try! Gorgeous photos once again!

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  17. Wow, I can't wait to make this! It looks just divine.

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  18. I think I've died and gone to heaven. This dish is stunning. I've never actually had soba noodles. What do they taste like?

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  19. I love the combination and the photos are gorgeous. Love your portfolio too....

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  20. Like you I love Thai food and soba noodles are also my favorite noodles, great sounding recipe with the eggplant, will have to see if I can re-create.

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  21. Looks delicious! Amazing pics :)

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  22. I love soba noodles and to combine them with eggplant would be delicious!

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  23. What a lovely summer dish! Your shots are magnificent!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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