We had a bunch of eggplants from the Hilo Farmer’s Market and since we were having Korean food one night, I wanted to try making a Korean-style eggplant dish. I looked on the internet and found Maangchi’s recipe for Gaji Namul, an eggplant side dish. Like all the recipes, I like, this one is very simple. Just wash and slice some eggplants and steam it for about 5 minutes over medium high heat. While you let it cool, you can make the sauce. I included 3 minced garlic cloves, about 2 stalks of chopped green onion (from my garden), 1 tablespoon of shoyu, 1 teaspoon of fish sauce, 1 teaspoon of kochugaru, and 2 teaspoons of sesame oil. When the eggplants are cool enough to handle, just put the eggplants in the sauce and it is ready to serve.
You can sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on it. This is really good. I can’t wait until my eggplants in my garden start producing! Living Hilo Style.