AT A GLANCE
"I love the eggplant dish at Monster so much I find excuses
to visit Canberra. May I have the recipe?"
Sue Ward, Croydon, NSW
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|01||Cut eggplant lengthways into 2.5cm-thick wedges, sprinkle with salt and stand in a colander for 10-15 minutes.|
|02||Meanwhile, for soy marinade, stir ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat just until sugar dissolves (2-3 minutes). Set aside.|
|03||Rinse salt from eggplant and pat dry with paper towels. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat, add 60ml vegetable oil and shallow-fry eggplant in batches until golden-brown on both sides and tender (6-8 minutes), adding oil as necessary. Transfer eggplant to a bowl, pour soy marinade over and marinate at room temperature (1 hour).|
|04||To serve, drain eggplant from marinade and arrange on a serving platter, dot the goat’s curd around. Scatter with sesame seeds, radish, nori sheets and shiso leaves and serve topped with the katsuobushi.|
Note Nori sheets and katsuobushi, or dried bonito flakes, and are available at Asian supermarkets. Monster's chefs smoke their goat's curd but here we've gone with plain goat's curd instead.