Japanese Eggplant With Sesame-Ginger Glaze
1 tablespoon rice-wine or cider vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce (optional)
3 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves; minced
8 small japanese eggplant (4 oz ea.) - halv; ed lengthwise
2 tablespoon oil
1 salt
1 freshly ground black pepper
2 scallions; minced

Whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce (if using), sesame oil, sugar, ginger and garlic in a small bowl. Brush oil over all surfaces of eggplant and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Prepare barbecue grill (medium heat).

Place eggplant, cut side down, on grill and let cook 5 minutes. Turn eggplant and brush with glaze; continue cooking until eggplant is very soft. Transfer eggplant to serving platter and drizzle with more glaze. Sprinkle with minced scallions and serve. Yield: 4 servings

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