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Eggplant and Mango Soba Noodles (Recipe)

Eggplant and Mango Soba Noodles (Recipe)


Isn’t this perfect for a potluck?! These chilled noodles effortlessly combine sweet and sour flavors.

Eggplant and Mango Soba Noodles



  • 1/2 Cup rice vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 Fresh red chile, finely chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Lime, zest and juice


  • 1 Cup sunflower oil
  • 2 Japanese or Chinese eggplants, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • Coarse salt

The Rest:

  • 8 Ounces soba noodles
  • 1 Large ripe mango, cut into 1/4 inch strips
  • 1/2 Red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 2/3 Cup Basil
  • 2 1/2 Cups cilantro, chopped

1. Add vinegar, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a small saucepan and turn heat to low. Warm mixture for about 1 minute, until the sugar is completely dissolved.
2. Remove saucepan from heat, and stir in garlic, chile and sesame oil. Set aside to cool. After the mixture has cooled completely, add the zest and juice of the lime.
3. Add sunflower oil to a large pan. Working in batches, fry eggplant until golden brown. Transfer to a colander. Liberally sprinkle salt over fried eggplant, and let it sit in the colander to drain.
4. Prepare soba noodles according to package directions, allowing them to still be a little al dente before draining and running under cold water. Try to shake off all the extra water you can before letting dry and cool on a dish towel.
5. Add noodles, dressing, mango, eggplant, onion, and just about half of the basil and cilantro and toss to combine. Let sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours so the flavors can meld before tossing with the remaining herbs.

Recipe Credit: Yotam Ottolenghi via serious eats.

More Eggplant Recipes:
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Roasted Eggplant & Barley Salad

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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5:45AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Thank you Katie, for Sharing this!

7:59PM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

hurrah for mango and cilantro combo!

10:08PM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

Eggplant is delicious. Thank you for the recipe!

10:04AM PDT on Aug 6, 2013


10:53AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

thanks for sharing

7:41PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Good posting, thanks

5:28AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Thanks for this recipe.

6:49AM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

What a nice match

6:05AM PDT on Jul 29, 2013


3:25PM PDT on Jul 28, 2013

Love eggplants.
Thank you for sharing.

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