Let me be clear about something: the only “grilling” I do is on my George Foreman. That’s right, this one window kitchen is in a one bedroom rental in Brooklyn; the yard is a stoop, a view, and nearby public parks. If you do have access to an actual grill, by all means use it! You can also use a stove-top grill, or any old frying pan (using a little high heat-friendly oil), browning on medium high heat, a few minutes per side.
*Note: Most soba noodles contain wheat and therefore gluten. I used King Soba sweet potato-buckwheat noodles, which are gluten-free.
*Optional: If bitter eggplant is a concern, just salt it and set aside for at least 1/2 an hour beforehand. (I didn’t bother.)
2-3 Japanese eggplants, sliced lengthwise
2 heaping tbsp miso
2 tbsp hot water
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp agave
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Generous handful of fresh basil, chopped
1 package soba noodles
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp wheat-free tamari (or regular soy sauce, if gluten is not a concern)
1-2 scallions, sliced (optional)
Sriracha for serving (optional)
- Pre-heat grill/cooking apparatus.
- Whisk together miso and hot water, then mix in the sesame oil, agave, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Brush onto eggplant slices and grill for about 3 minutes, working in batches as necessary.
- Meanwhile cook soba in lightly salted water according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water, then quickly toss with olive oil and tamari.
- Top soba with eggplant, basil, and scallions (if using). Serve with sriracha, if desired.