Back in the days when I was a kid, charcoal braziers were still commonly used. They were often found in the “wet” kitchen at the back of the house. These stoves were used for cooking dishes requiring long periods of boiling and braising as charcoal was much cheaper than propane gas. Since charcoal fire turned pots black with soot, one pot was usually dedicated for its use. At our house, it almost seemed like the fire was never left to die out. There was always a pot of something on it. More often than not, it was a pot of clear soup which tasted amazingly good because of the slow and long cooking time.
Sometimes a metal rack was placed on the top of the brazier for grilling purposes. Eggplants were a favorite because Roasted Eggplants with Garlic Soy Dressing required only a few simple ingredients. Roasting lends a sweetness and smokiness to the eggplants making them so tasty and delicious eaten with rice. My mom always had a container of prepared shallot or garlic infused oil and this dish was a no brainer. Prep work was minimal as the eggplants were left whole for roasting.
Since charcoal fire may not be available to many of us today, the next best thing is to roast the eggplants on the grill outside during the warmer seasons. In the winter months, the eggplants may be broiled in the oven. They should be cooked until soft and brown on all sides. The skin should peel off quite easily.
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 lbs (900g) Chinese eggplants
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
Place vegetable oil and minced garlic in a small microwave safe dish. Microwave on high for 1½ minutes. Remove and add soy sauce. Stir to combine.
Preheat the grill to high. Brush some oil on the grates.
Place whole eggplants on the grates and grill or roast for 12 to 15 minutes or until eggplants are brown and soft. Turn eggplants every now and then so that they brown evenly on all sides. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
When eggplants are cool enough to handle, peel to remove the tough skin. Cut into bite size pieces and place on a dish.
Drizzle garlic soy sauce dressing over eggplants and garnish with sliced green onions.
Do give these sweet, delicious Roasted Eggplants with Garlic Soy Dressing a try. They are wonderful as a salad or eaten with a bowl of steamed rice.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!