Friday, August 19, 2016

Eggplant Side Dish - Gaji-namul 가지나물

Saw this simple to whip out egg plant salad/side dish on Maangchi website and how could I not make it as I was drooling all the way reading through the ingredients for making this mouthwatering side dish.  Gaji-namul is a everyday Korean side dish, meant to be eaten with other side dishes and rice.  
A keeper for me for sure as I love the flavor packed seasoning mixture.   Love the taste and texture of this side dish. This goes well with my other meat dishes.  I am so hooked with Maangchi recipes. I tell myself that I will try out every one of her recipes :)  A die hard fan of hers.  Love her simple to make dishes and hope you guys after reading this will hop over to her and test out her other delicious dishes :)
I made this eggplant dish using organic eggplant.  My neighbor will pass one over to me one each time she harvest hers and it came in handy for making side dishes :) Thank you Su-Peng for sharing your organic edibles with me.  
organic eggplant given by my neighbor :)

flavor packed seasoning mixture

fresh taste, soft texture and healthy korean side dish 

Eggplant Side Dish - Gaji-namul 가지나물 - adapted from Maangchi


1 pound of Korean eggplants (3-4 eggplants), caps removed and washed
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce  * for vegetarian use soy-sauce
1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, crushed

  1. Prep your steamer by adding 2 cups of water to it. Set heat to medium-high for it to boil, it shoud take about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cut eggplants crosswise into 2½ inch pieces. Cut the thicker pieces in half lengthwise.
  3. When the water starts boiling, put the eggplants on the steamer rack and cover. Steam for 5 minutes over medium high heat.
  4. Remove from the heat. Take out the steamed eggplant and transfer to a cutting board. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes until you can easily handle them.
  5. Tear each piece into bite size pieces.
  6. Make seasoning mixture:
    1. Combine garlic, green onion, soy sauce, fish sauce, hot pepper flakes, sesame oil in a mixing bowl.
    2. Mix well with a wooden spoon

 Put it together & serve:
  1. Add the steamed eggplant to the bowl and mix well by hand or with the wooden spoon.
  2. Sprinkle with the crushed sesame seeds and serve with rice.
Enjoy !

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