serves 4 as an appetizer, active time 10 minutes, total time 30 minutes
- 1 large globe eggplant, or 2 long Chinese or Japanese eggplants
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
- 2 to 3 teaspoons Chinkiang rice vinegar, or any other rice vinegar
- 1 medium clove garlic, minced or grated with a microplane grater (about 1 teaspoon)
- Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
- 1 tablespoon tahini (optional)
- 2 to 3 teaspoons chili oil (optional)
- Finely chopped scallions or cilantro
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Halve eggplants and place in a steamer. Steam until flesh feels soft and saturated with moisture, about 20 minutes. Remove from steamer and let cool. When the eggplants are cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh in long segments, leaving out as best you can the pockets of seeds in the eggplant.
- Meanwhile, whisk together olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, sugar, tahini, and chili oil. Toss the eggplant in the dressing, then taste add more salt, sugar, or vinegar as desired. Garnish with scallions, cilantro, and/or toasted sesame seeds.