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Ginger & Garlic Aubergine Yakisoba

Beautifully tasty, a tribute to yakisoba and lo mein

This is easy to make, and can be done without having all the ingredients. Vegans can substitute the honey with agave syrup, maple syrup or just brown sugar.

INGREDIENTS

garlic

ginger

honey - agave or maple syrup (quite a strong flavour, so use less) or brown sugar - 2 tsps

soy sauce

rice vinegar

Chinese five spice

miso paste

sesame oil - if you don't have any, ordinary vegetable oil will do

aubergine

bamboo shoots - I'm using carrots in this; they're a great substitute texture-wise if you cut them into slices similar to sliced bamboo shoots

mushrooms

vegetable oil

dark soy

cashew nuts

noodles - any kind will do, but as a last resort I'm using a dreadful "Straight to Wok" product. Better noodles would be better, but this is about making do, and it's what I had.

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METHOD

  • Finely chop the garlic

  • Peel the ginger with a teaspoon - this is the easiest way, plus a peeler or a knife tends to waste a lot of ginger

  • Put the garlic into a bowl

  • Grate the ginger over the bowl: what is on the underside of the grater is good, what you are left with in your hand is fibrous and isn't used

  • Add the honey, miso paste, soy sauce, five spice, sesame oil and rice vinegar

  • Give it a good stir

  • Chop the aubergine into bite-sized chunks, add to the bowl and mix to coat thoroughly

  • Pop in the fridge for an hour or two (or three)

  • Scrub the carrot (don't peel carrots unless you specifically need peeled carrots; the outer layer is packed with vitamins). Slice into the same size and shape as bamboo shoot slices.

  • Quarter the mushrooms

  • Heat vegetable oil in a wok or deep-sided frying pan

  • Add the aubergine and the marinade juices and the carrot - or - if you have bamboo shoots, you'd pop them in now

  • Reduce the marinade and add hot water

  • Add a splash of dark soy

  • Add the mushrooms, cashews and noodles and stir through

  • Cook for a further two or three minutes

  • Plate up and dress with some chopped chives or spring onions

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